While disputes and disagreements may be inevitable aspects of business commerce, litigation and trials do not have to be. To effectively resolve contentious disputes in a cost-efficient manner, a strong litigation team must possess and exercise equal strength and skill inside the courtroom and in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Lawrence Kamin attorneys are sought-after leaders in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys have served as mediators, arbitrators, or advocates in more than 2,000 cases in alternative dispute resolution forums in Chicago and throughout the U.S., as well as in London. We have arbitrated and mediated cases involving securities, commodities and financial services, general business, product liability, construction law and employment disputes in myriad forums, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), National Futures Association (NFA), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and in various court-annexed arbitration and mediation programs.
We understand not only the nuances of arbitration and mediation itself, but also the distinct procedures and strategies that can be effective in these forums. Our attorneys have taught commercial arbitration to law school students, presented at seminars and chaired bar association committees on alternative dispute resolution. In addition, several of our partners also act as arbitrators or as court-certified mediators, and we are able to bring their skill and training as neutrals to bear for our clients when we advocate in support of their goals.
At Lawrence Kamin, we appreciate that a case in arbitration should not be presented the same way it would be presented in court. Likewise, we recognize that mediation is its own unique process, with distinct goals and strategies, even when a court requires the parties to engage in mediation as part of the litigation process. In the right circumstances, Lawrence Kamin can help a client choose an alternative dispute resolution process that can streamline and lower the costs of litigation, move the dispute to a non-public forum, and efficiently craft commercially-reasonable settlements that accomplish a client’s business and litigation goals, while protecting long-standing business relationships and maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive, competitive information.