ADR/Mediation/Arbitration

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Disputes of all varieties are often resolved through alternatives to litigation and trial court proceedings.  Often business contracts will provide for Arbitration as a chosen method for dispute resolution.  Cases that are filed in trial courts usually are required to proceed to Mediation before the court will actually conduct the trial.  Clients often prefer to initiate Mediation early after a dispute has occurred to determine whether it may be resolved early and at less expense.

Richman Greer attorneys have substantial experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution, be it by a traditional negotiated settlement through counsel, mediation whether voluntary or court ordered, and arbitration.  Firm members have handled and resolved cases in arbitration proceedings, which often involve complex and sophisticated issues, not readily resolved in litigation. Mediation utilization is widespread in client matters of all varieties, from complex commercial disputes, personal injury claims to family law matters.  Firm members have frequently served as arbitrators and mediators and one of the firm’s shareholders is a Certified Civil Mediator.

Attorneys Practicing in this Area

Betensky, Gary S. - Shareholder Brumbaugh, John M. - Shareholder Farach, Manuel - Of Counsel Garcia-Linares, Manuel A. - Managing Shareholder Greer, Alan Graham - Shareholder Johnson, Charles H. - Shareholder Katzen, Diane Wagner - Shareholder Richman, Gerald F. - Shareholder Romance, Mark A. - Shareholder Shapiro, Lyle E. - Shareholder Spoont, Joshua L. - Associate

Featured Representative Cases

  • Elephant Group, a prominent marketing firm, initiated suit in state court against two former employees, both officers, for injunctive relief for breach of a non-compete agreement and for misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, and against the successor employer, for conspiracy to misappropriate confidential information. Simultaneously, both former employees commenced an arbitration proceeding against the company claiming close to $5M in damages for an alleged unpaid equity position in the company.  Elephant’s secret investigation of one of the officers uncovered a suspicious transaction whereby the officer apparently realized personal profit while employed by a public company.

    That finding caused the former officer to immediately settle with the company in both the state court proceeding and arbitration. Thereafter, the arbitration was resolved at mediation with the other former officer.

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  • Defended client, Snorkel Productions, Inc., in an arbitration proceeding to determine whether client maintained continuing rights to exploit an original musical play.

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