formal Dispute resolution takes various forms. We handle all of them
Whether your case is being presented to a judge, a jury, an arbitrator, or an administrative hearing examiner, we can represent you. We have the skills to handle your case: to analyze facts and the law, to negotiate firmly, to use sound judgment, to present arguments clearly, and to be persuasive both orally and in writing. Our combination of experience and skill can help you reach a fair resolution, whether by settlement or by the tribunal deciding your case.
We represent clients in a variety of courts. Many of our cases are in the Superior Courts for King and Snohomish Counties, although we have also litigated cases in other jurisdictions, including Pierce, Kitsap, Jefferson, Island, Kittitas, and Stevens Counties. We also practice in federal court, including cases in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Washington, the Middle District of Tennessee, the Southern District of Georgia, and the District of New Jersey. We represent creditors in proceedings in Bankruptcy Court.
Once a case is decided, an appeal may follow. We can represent you effectively in your appeal, whether you are seeking to overturn the initial decision or defend it. See the "About" page for some examples of appellate cases.
Arbitration is much like litigation, except at a different location than the courthouse and with a different decision-maker than a judge or jury. Often, though not always, the arbitrator's decision is binding and extremely difficult to appeal. Our job is the same as if the case were in court: to present the facts and law supporting your case in a clear and persuasive manner.
We also handle mediations. People often lump mediation and arbitration together in their minds, but they are very different processes. Mediation is a settlement negotiation facilitated by a third party--often a retired judge or an experienced and credible attorney. If a settlement occurs during mediation, it is because both sides agree to settle; the mediator cannot require a settlement.
Mediation often occurs in conjunction with arbitration, litigation, or both. A contract or the Court Rules may require the parties to attempt to settle their dispute through mediation before submitting the case to an arbitrator or court. We have considerable experience handling mediations.