Arbitration

Disputes can arise for many different reasons; however, a lawsuit may not always be the best solution. And while mediation offers an alternative to litigating, sometimes the parties want a binding solution. Many commercial contracts require arbitration as the dispute resolution process of choice. If you’re wanting to avoid the frustration of a potentially time-consuming and costly lawsuit, arbitration could be the right alternative. Arbitration offers companies a private, quick way to resolve disputes.

If you are considering arbitration after a legal dispute has arisen, contact the arbitration lawyers at Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC in St. Louis. With decades of experience and a reputation for excellence and results, we can help you settle the dispute through arbitration to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.

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Arbitration

Disputes can arise for many different reasons; however, a lawsuit may not always be the best solution. And while mediation offers an alternative to litigating, sometimes the parties want a binding solution. Many commercial contracts require arbitration as the dispute resolution process of choice. If you’re wanting to avoid the frustration of a potentially time-consuming and costly lawsuit, arbitration could be the right alternative. Arbitration offers companies a private, quick way to resolve disputes.

If you are considering arbitration after a legal dispute has arisen, contact the arbitration lawyers at Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC in St. Louis. With decades of experience and a reputation for excellence and results, we can help you settle the dispute through arbitration to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.

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What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is the most traditional form of private dispute resolution between parties to a contract. All parties can mutually choose to go through arbitration instead of going to court, where an impartial third party (the arbitrator) operates as a judge and issues a final, binding award. The outcome can then be enforced by the courts just like any other judgment. Arbitration can be used in almost any situation where a lawsuit could be filed and is commonly used in construction, commercial transactions, and employment contracts, among others.

There are many pros to arbitration, some of which include:

  • Privacy – Arbitration proceedings and final settlements are confidential, which means that the details of the case are kept from public record and allows companies to resolve disputes without added media scrutiny.
  • Avoids hostility – Arbitration is generally considered to be less hostile than litigation because parties are often encouraged to work together peacefully to help structure the proceedings. This is a benefit if your company still wishes to have a business relationship with the other party in the future.
  • Usually cheaper than litigation – While parties will still generally have to pay for lawyers and the costs of the arbitrators, resolving a case through arbitration is usually far less costly than proceeding through litigation because disputes can be settled more quickly and have fewer chances for appeals.
  • Typically faster than litigation – An average arbitration is settled in just over a year from filing to decision, whereas similar cases may take anywhere from 18 months to three years to wend their way through the courts.
  • Flexibility – Procedural rules in arbitrations are quite flexible in comparison to court procedures that cannot be adjusted. Additionally, arbitrations can be scheduled around the needs and availability of those involved, or even conducted remotely over Zoom or other platform, unlike trials that must be worked into overcrowded court calendars.

How Our Arbitration Attorneys Can Help

Parties mutually choose a panel of arbitrators and present cases in a similar manner as they would in a court case. Arbitration proceedings are generally less formal than a court case, but each side still has a chance to produce evidence, call witnesses, and give testimony. Both parties may be represented by arbitration lawyers and, once each side has presented their case, the arbitrators debate and rule.

GOT Law co-founder and principal attorney, William Thomas, is a panel member of the American Arbitration Association where he serves on the AAA National Roster of Arbitrators. Stringent standards of ethics and experience are required by members of their panel, and Bill provides the highest level of service, ensuring that the case goes as smoothly as possible. Also, GOT Law co-founder and principal attorney, Seth Gausnell, is a panel member on Alaris’ local mediation/arbitration panel and can provide equally high level service for any dispute needing resolution.

You can trust our experienced lawyers to provide an efficient, practical, and well-reasoned approach to all aspects of your arbitration. Whatever your legal matter may be, we can help resolve your dispute with a fair outcome.

St. Louis Arbitration Attorneys

The arbitration lawyers at Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC are committed to helping you achieve the most beneficial outcomes and bring fair solutions to your legal disputes. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Quality

The quality of our work comes from years of experience, knowing what works and out-working our opponents to get the job done.

Professionalism

The lawyers of GOT place respect for the courts, the Bar and the legal profession as their highest obligation.

Experience

Together, the founders of GOT have tried nearly 250 jury trials to verdict. With that level of experience comes an entirely different perspective on civil litigation which few other firms can match.

Honors

Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings, as AV rated, their highest ranking for strong legal ability and high ethical standards, along with Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as top performers in their fields.

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