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Albright Stoddard offers Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, including through Court Appointed Arbitrator

Posted by: on Sun, Aug 12, 2012

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Las Vegas, Nevada

August 15, 2012

The Law Firm of Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is pleased to announce that its attorneys are accepting referrals as mediators and arbitrators for private arbitrations. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming an increasingly popular method for resolving disputes without the lengthy delays that can be experienced in the Courts.

ADR can include a mediation or settlement conference procedure, wherein disputants agree to meet with a neutral third party mediator, in a non-binding, non-adjudicative proceeding, to determine whether their dispute can be settled. Utilizing a third-party mediator in such disputes is often far more effective than parties attempting through their own counsel to settle a matter in private sessions without a neutral third-party. A neutral third party can often assist both sides to look objectively at the strengths and weaknesses of their own position by receiving advice from a neutral outsider whose counsel will be seen as more trustworthy and objective than that of either party or their attorney. At Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright, our experience has shown that mediation is typically a far more effective method for resolving disputes than attempted direct negotiation without a third-party mediator.

ADR can also include private contractually agreed-upon adjudication of a dispute by a third-party arbitrator whose decisions can then be taken to Court and turned into a judgment under Nevada statutes. Arbitration is very similar to trial, but less expensive and less formal than Courtroom proceedings, taking place in a forum that is often less intimidating to the participants, in which certain rules of evidence and procedure may be relaxed in order to effectuate a speedier resolution. Many contracts contain provisions requiring arbitration of any disputes, and parties who find themselves in a dispute can also agree to utilize arbitration to resolve the same after the dispute has arisen.

Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright’s senior partners, William H. Stoddard and G.Mark Albright, both Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorneys, have both acted as private mediators and private arbitrators and are accepting referrals to provide this service at this time.

In addition, firm member D. Chris Albright has been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as a Court-Appointed Arbitrator for lawsuits filed in Clark County Nevada in which less than $50,000.00 is in dispute. Such suits are required by Nevada law to be referred to the Court-Annexed Arbitration program for initial adjudication by a private arbitrator. Mr. Albright has had the privilege of serving as a Court-appointed Arbitrator for such disputes for several years now and has successfully arbitrated a large number of business disputes. In addition, Mr. Albright has served as counsel for a number of litigants whose cases have also been arbitrated in this program, and has also served as counsel for litigants in private contractual arbitrations and mediations, including in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and mediations in JAMS proceedings.

D.Chris Albright has been practicing law in Nevada for 19 years. He attended Brigham Young University Law School on an academic scholarship, where he served as a member and senior editor of the BYU Law Review. During Law School, he served a judicial externship with Judge Lloyd D. George of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and after Law School he served as a Law Clerk to Justice Thomas L. Steffen of the Nevada Supreme Court. He was awarded the Judge Sally Loehrer Pro Bono Service Award in 2009. D. Chris Albright is also accepting referrals to act as a mediator and arbitrator in private contractual arbitrations and mediations.