The Watkins Firm has decades of experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration in San Diego and Southern California. We represent clients in all forms of business, real estate, construction and civil or residential disputes. Our unique approach to litigation ensures your business dispute is handled in a timely and cost-effective manner. The fastest and least expensive way to resolve any dispute is through leveraged constructive negotiation. This is how Watkins Firm attorneys resolve most matters for our clients.
There are cases where there is a matter of principle in dispute or one of the parties is intransigent in their position(s). Mediation and arbitration are almost always faster and less expensive options than pursing your case in a San Diego court. Make no mistake, the attorneys at the Watkins Firm prepare every case as if it is going to trial. This preparation, along with our proven track record of success at trial, ensures opposing counsel and the parties they represent know you mean business. The genuine threat of trial is a powerful leverage to get opposing parties to the negotiating table or into mediation or arbitration.
Mediation is a much less structured environment where Watkins Firm attorneys contribute ideas, and influence the process to protect our clients while ensuring a fair resolution. Mediation involves an independent third party known as the mediator. The mediator should have extensive experience in the area(s) of dispute and in mediation itself. The mediator helps the parties to more clearly understand the genuine issues associated with the dispute, find common ground and help the parties to develop options which ultimately lead to the settlement of part or all of the dispute. The recommendations of the mediator are not binding.
Arbitration is a much more structured environment, and the ruling of the arbiter is binding and cannot be appealed unless one can prove fraud or collusion. In arbitration, the parties agree upon a third party with extensive expertise and experience in not only the issue(s) in dispute but the law as well. The arbiter gathers evidence, hears testimony and ultimately renders a decision known as a “finding or “ruling.” While some elements of the legal process are in place many of the discovery related activities and legal motions are waived providing a process which is much shorter and less expensive than trial.
The Watkins Firm have been representing clients in mediation and arbitration in San Diego for decades. We invite you to contact us or call 858-535-1511 for a free consultation. Learn how we can help to resolve your dispute in the shortest possible time frame and in a cost-efficient manner.