My goal is to resolve the dispute efficiently and favorably so you can focus on your business and not this problem. Settlement is almost always the most expedient and least expensive way of accomplishing this. However, any settlement must be approached from a position of strength which requires solid preparation of the case. Sometimes, if this cannot be accomplished informally, mediation, arbitration and/or trial is going to be necessary.
Involves the use of a neutral person (usually a retired judge or a very experienced attorney) who works to bring the two sides to a settlement. If achieved, the settlement will be set forth in a written agreement which ends the dispute. Mediations are not binding. In other words, any settlement will be voluntary between the two sides. But once a written settlement is signed by everyone involved, it becomes binding and is enforceable.
Arbitration is an alternative to litigating the matter in court. It is conducted by neutral arbitrator and the decision is not appeal-able. The two sides have to have agreed to arbitration either in the contract that is at issue in the matter or after the dispute has arisen.
Trial is a last resort which is the most contentious and expensive way of dealing with the dispute.
Settlement remains an option throughout each of these processes. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these processes. J Eric LeVine will review each of these with you. If you are in a business dispute you need an attorney you can trust and who will candidly evaluate your matter with you.