December 16, 2014 Articles

Successfully Arbitrating Your First (or Almost First) Case

By Gilda R. Turitz

An attorney new to arbitrating cases for clients needs to be attuned to the issues, challenges, and opportunities presented by the differences between traditional court litigation and arbitration, even if she has had trial experience. Being well-schooled in those differences is key to winning in arbitration.

Arbitration is intended to be a more efficient, streamlined, and final process of dispute resolution, with no appeals and limited bases to vacate an award. Generally, less prehearing discovery is permitted in order to keep the notoriously high pretrial discovery litigation costs down and get to hearing more quickly.

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