Parker Poe has decades of experience with arbitration, mediation, and other examples of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Our lawyers have served on task forces and committees charged with developing rules for ADR. Several have been recognized by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” for arbitration in their geographic regions. Our lawyers are also members of international arbitration societies from Atlanta to Charlotte, and some have served in leadership roles for those organizations and others in the field of international dispute resolution.
Arbitration and ADR are essential to a business’s dispute resolution strategy, whether it is in the contract drafting stage or actual dispute stage. Parker Poe’s extensive experience helps provide a wholistic, efficient approach for clients to move beyond disputes and get back to business.
We have represented domestic and international businesses in arbitrations across industries and countries. Our arbitration experience includes disputes involving a broad variety of commercial contracts, accounting malpractice, construction, employment, financial services, health care, intellectual property, life sciences, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, reinsurance, securities, and telecommunications.
Our attorneys regularly appear before arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), JAMS, International Chamber of Commerce, FORUM (formerly the National Arbitration Forum), and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). Many of our attorneys have equally deep experience in jury trials and, as a result, can help clients maximize the differences between litigation and arbitration, including in terms of making objections and adjusting to the rules of the arbitrator.
Furthermore, we understand the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration and regularly advise clients on how to fit it into their overall dispute resolution strategy, including through tailored arbitration agreements.
There is one indisputable benefit of arbitration: its speed. As many courts still deal with backlogs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, arbitration can be an especially valuable tool to give businesses certainty faster. We understand that the longer a dispute is outstanding, the worse it is for the business. Our focus is on getting not just the best result but the best result as quickly as we can to allow the business to get back to what it does best.
We have extensive experience in mediation as well, which can also expedite the resolution of disputes. We have appeared in hundreds of mediations involving disputes of varying subject matters at the state and federal levels, both before and during litigation. Our firm is also able to draw on the insight of our approximately 10 attorneys who are themselves trained and experienced mediators.
Other Methods of ADR
We have deep experience helping clients devise other creative means of alternative dispute resolution that fit their business strategy. We understand that ADR is really only limited by the imagination of the parties involved. We regularly advise clients on structuring the best dispute resolution method for their business, ranging from consumer contracts to complicated acquisitions, procurement, and other contracts.
We have also negotiated and crafted agreements on the use of alternative dispute methods even after disputes have arisen. In this regard, we have crafted special dispute resolution rules and handled arbitrations without using private dispute resolution agencies.
In special cases, our attorneys have used private juries and summary jury trials to resolve complex disputes and avoid lengthy public trials. We represented the plaintiff in the first summary jury trial conducted in North Carolina, for example. This three-day proceeding led to the resolution of a case, which was expected to take four to six weeks to try to conclusion.