Means of alternative dispute resolution can include arbitration, mediation, or mock trials.
Burr & Forman attorneys are certified arbitrators, serve on the United States District Court Mediation Panel, and serve as mediators for the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), and the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"). The experience of our attorneys as arbitrators and mediators is also a valuable resource in representing clients in the alternative dispute process and can save clients significant time and money.
Of course, a potential question at the outset of any commercial dispute is whether your business would be better off litigating publicly in front of a judge/jury in court or in front of an arbitration panel selected by the parties. Both public litigation in courts and private arbitrations can have their advantages and disadvantages. Many commercial contracts specify upfront the method for resolving disputes. In such cases, Burr attorneys are prepared to assist you in getting a court to compel arbitration or, if the suit is better suited for a court, resisting arbitration.