Resolving disputes efficiently and favorably is always a top priority. Although achieving these results often requires litigation in state or federal court, including, when necessary, a jury trial, mediation and arbitration provide alternative processes that can sometimes be faster and less expensive than full-scale litigation.
In mediation, the parties attempt to negotiate a settlement of their dispute by exchanging information and their positions through a mediator, who is most commonly a judge or experienced attorney. Arbitration is very similar to litigation and trial without the formality and strict application of the rules and procedures that are customary in the courts. Mediation is purely voluntary, while arbitration can be voluntary or mandated by previous agreement or by law. Arbitration is ordinarily binding.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn regularly represents clients in both arbitration and mediation, and several Miller Nash Graham & Dunn attorneys help resolve other parties' disputes by serving as arbitrators and mediators. The breadth of our arbitration experience encompasses commercial and industry-specific arbitrations, such as before arbitration panels constituted under the auspices of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, international arbitrations, and independent arbitrations arranged by agreement of the parties.