Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution


The Firm's attorneys have served as advocates and neutrals in alternative dispute resolution matters, including arbitrations and mediations of commercial disputes. Members of the Litigation, Bankruptcy and Healthcare practice groups frequently participate in voluntary and court-directed mediations. Mediated disputes include securities law issues, real estate disputes, healthcare contractual and payment disputes, employment disputes, employee benefit obligations, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, auditor malpractice claims, inter-lender disputes, lender liability exposure, and controversies arising in or related to business bankruptcy cases.

Members of the Litigation practice group often appear as advocates in arbitrations involving securities law matters, including FINRA arbitrations. Since 2004, the Firm has handled more than 200 FINRA arbitrations. Trial lawyers within the Firm are also frequently involved as advocates in other commercial matters in which the parties have contractually agreed to arbitrate their disputes. Attorneys in the Corporate and Commercial Finance practice groups are experienced in drafting agreements for arbitrations and mediations in corporate and lending transactions.

Several members of the Firm have served as neutrals in arbitration cases, some as a result of selection by the parties in a private setting and others selected from the roster of neutrals maintained by the American Arbitration Association or the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. The Firm is actively involved in ATLAS -- the Atlanta International Arbitration Society.

Lawrence Ashe and Ed Dobbs frequently serve as mediators in civil disputes. Lawrence Ashe has successfully mediated numerous employment and civil rights, individual and class action cases, drawing upon his extensive litigation experience in the area. He has been chosen by the parties and on occasion appointed by federal or state judges.

Ed Dobbs has mediated a wide range of commercial disputes, many of which relate to business bankruptcy cases, including interbank disputes, suits on guaranties, avoidance actions, Ponzi schemes, professional fee disgorgements, equitable subordination matters, plan confirmation matters and claims disputes. In addition, Ed Dobbs has lectured and written extensively on ADR topics and has served as a guest lecturer for the past four years at the American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John's Law School Mediation Program for senior attorneys and judges.

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