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 and/or 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, and many commercial contracts specify upfront the method for resolving disputes. In such cases, our attorneys are prepared to assist clients in what is best for their business, whether it's getting a court to compel arbitration, or resisting arbitration if the suit is better for a court proceeding.
Burr & Forman's litigators are adept at handling all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Disputes in which we pursue ADR involve professional malpractice, personal injury, commercial claims, construction disputes and securities claims, among many other controversies.
In addition to formal proceedings, we have also conducted mediations at every stage of litigation – before, during, and after trial – and on appeal.