Houston Arbitration Lawyers
Not every case has to be decided on the floor of a Texas or federal courtroom. In many instances, individuals and businesses commit to arbitration as a way to settle their contractual and legal disputes without involving the courts. Arbitration can allow a quicker, more cost-effective, confidential, and specialized alternative to litigation. The arbitration attorneys at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson has decades of experience helping clients secure beneficial resolutions.
Arbitration vs. Litigation
Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution, is the process by which the parties agree to refer their dispute to one or more independent third parties called “arbitrators,” by whose decision the parties agree to be bound.
Often, arbitration can be more flexible and less formal than court proceedings. While litigation will be presided over by a judge, an arbitrator or arbitrators run arbitrations. There are no regulations or certifications required for an individual to serve as an arbitrator – the only requirement is both parties agree on the selection of an arbitrator. The arbitrator will act similarly to a judge and will decide the case after hearing arguments and receiving evidence from both parties.
Unlike litigation, the decision reached as a result of arbitration is both final and legally binding. This prevents parties from engaging in dilatory practices, or continuing to appeal the case.
Challenges to Arbitration Provisions
A common trend in the legal field today is to avoid litigation and seek alternative means of resolving disputes. In an effort to reduce inefficiencies created by litigation in civil courts, parties to contracts will often include arbitration provisions, which state that if there is a dispute arising out of the contract the parties agree to submit the dispute to an arbitrator instead of filing a lawsuit in a civil court. There are many reasons and strategy considerations when it comes to arbitration versus litigation in civil courts. Generally speaking, arbitration favors businesses. The lawyers at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson have experience with challenges to arbitration provisions in contracts. They have represented businesses and individuals on both sides of the issue. If you find yourself in a dispute that requires you to submit the matter to arbitration, we can help.
Enforcement of Arbitration Awards
Normally after the arbitrator renders an arbitration award, the party subject to the award will voluntarily comply with it and pay the amount assessed against them. However, sometimes, the losing party is not as cooperative as legally required and a legal enforcement of the arbitration award in court becomes necessary.
Whether you need the award enforced in state or federal court, and whether it is a domestic or international award, the law office of Adair Myers Graves Stevenson can provide you with the experienced advice necessary to collect the award or otherwise give the award full legal force and effect.
Experienced Houston Arbitration Attorneys
Depending on the issue at hand, representing clients in arbitration can be just as complicated as representing clients in litigation. Companies contractually required to arbitrate disputes, or those that have opted for it to avoid litigation, need to have experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. The Houston arbitration attorneys at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson can help determine if arbitration is the best course of action for your legal dispute and provide the representation needed to ensure you get the best results. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your options.