Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer

When business disputes arise, some often agree to resolve them through arbitration or other forms of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") including good faith negotiations and mediation. In some instances, business contracts require parties to participate in ADR before they can bring their dispute in a court or before an arbitrator.

If ADR is required, Russo Law can help you leverage the opportunity to resolve your disputes.

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Should I arbitrate or mediate my business disputes?

Contracting parties should consider having any future disputes resolved through alternative dispute resolution in the form structured negotiations, mediation, or arbitration, rather than in traditional court litigation.

Russo Law will review the strengths and weaknesses of alternative dispute resolution compared to traditional litigation with you including issues of expense, procedural differences, the right to appeal, and the overall estimated timeline to determine how best to have your breach of contract and business diputes resolved.

In many cases, ADR is required of the contract includes an arbitration clause whcih dictates when and how disputes will be resolved. Some courts also have mandatory mediation procedures that require parties to participate in mediation before they are granted a trial date.

If ADR is required, Russo Law can help you use it to achieve your desired result.

Not Every Litigation Lawyer is an Abitration Lawyer

Arbitration promises speedier, more cost-effective and confidential resolutions than traditional litigation. However, there are potential drawbacks to consider:  the arbitral award is generally not subject to a traditional appeal; discovery (a.k.a. "disclosure") is more limited; and its possible that proceedings will be proceeding on a parallel track in court while arbitration is underway.

Russo Law routinely represents clients in arbitrations in virtually all major commercial and financial sectors concerning licensing, technology, maritime, employment, and partnership disputes and business divorce

Indeed, Russo Law has participated in arbitration proceedings governed by the rules of many preeminent arbitration associations including:

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Domestic Commercial Arbitration

  • The American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS)
  • The Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA)
  • Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

International Arbitration

  • International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

These claims have involved major contracts, licensing agreements, financial agreements, real estate disputes, construction, insurance, business divorce, and executive employment matters. Russo Law has also represented parties in litigation that sometimes precedes and follows arbitration.

Drawing upon his extensive experience in this area, Lou Russo also serves as arbitrator in FINRA matters and as an adjunct law professor of commercial arbitration.

Contact Russo Law to Help Resolve Your Arbitration or Mediation Business Disputes

Alternative dispute resolution can be very complex and nuanced. 

If you are served with an arbitration demand or a request for mediation, call 929-262-1101 or schedule a free initial consultation for a free case evaluation and to discuss Russo Law's arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution services.