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Dispute Resolution

The efficient, cost-effective process for resolving complex legal matters.

Our Dispute Resolution (DR) practice group assists clients in securing efficient, cost-effective resolutions of outstanding disputes utilizing consensual processes outside of traditional litigation or two party/multiparty negotiations.  This process facilitates resolutions in a more tailored and fact-specific way not achievable through lengthy and costly judicial adjudication.  Properly utilized, DR often results in a more expeditious, less expensive way to address even the most complicated cases.  DR processes include mediation, conciliation, early neutral evaluation, nonbinding and binding arbitration, and facilitated negotiation.

The Dispute Resolution group is comprised of attorneys from our extensive multi-disciplinary practice groups who have not only served as arbitrators and mediators, but as advocates and counselors in arbitrations and mediations nationwide.  Members of the group are trained and hold certifications from numerous courts and institutions.  As advocates, our attorneys have appeared before major arbitral and trade institutes, and in mediations arising in the context of state and federal courts.

We guide clients through the process of deciding whether to select Dispute Resolution as an alternative to litigation.  We further assist our clients in formulating guidelines and criteria to navigate the DR process, selecting the neutral(s), and preparing the appropriate resolution documentation.  We also collaborate with our colleagues to draft dispute resolution clauses during the initial preparation of contracts.  Members of the group/department serve as thought leaders in the developing field of Dispute Resolution, working with national, state, and local bar association committees and organizations to develop rules for applying the process as well as participating in seminars and conference both as speakers and participants in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in the area.

Our attorneys regularly engage in the practice of Dispute Resolution in connection with the following panels:

  • The American Arbitration Association
  • The Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Mediation Panel
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)
  • The United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York
  • The United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York
  • The United States Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • The Commercial Division for the State of New York
  • The Nassau County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Tribunal
  • Appellate Division, Supreme Court State of New York, Second Judicial Department
  • JAMS

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