Many business contracts call for related disputes to be resolved in binding arbitration. The Watkins Firm has decades of experienced providing skilled representation in San Diego arbitration cases. It is our successful and proven track record in trial that extends to our work in mediation and arbitration cases.
Arbitration is a good alternative to going to Court and a trial as it is much faster and less expensive than the litigated alternative. It ensures that the case will be resolved fairly quickly and in a cost effective manner. Arbitration has a lot of similarities to what happens during a trial, but most of the formalities of the litigation process have been removed or substantially reduced. Instead of months and months of pre-trial motions, discovery and other legal activities the parties select a neutral third party, known as the arbiter. The arbiter should have extensive experience both in the area of the dispute itself as well as with associated California and Federal laws.
The hearing is usually scheduled within a matter of months after the case is filed, and most business disputes are completed within 1 to 3 days. In general terms, the legal team for each party submits a brief to the arbitrator establishing their position in the dispute and the evidence to support it.
The hearing is much less formal than Court. Both parties arrive at the arbitration with their evidence and witnesses. Each presents their point of view in the case and opposing counsel have the opportunity to ask questions. The arbiter guides the process, “hears” the case and issues an “award” usually within a matter of weeks. The award is binding upon both parties and cannot be appealed unless fraud or collusion is proved.
This is why it is so important to have experienced and expert representation in San Diego arbitration cases. The Watkins Firm is prepared to aggressively represent your interests in arbitration. If you seek an experienced San Diego arbitration attorney we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.