Civil Litigation & Business Disputes

Civil Litigation/Business Disputes

Let the experienced team at Stokes Law Firm help you in your civil litigation related matters.

Have reached the point in a business dispute where it seems there is no suitable resolution? If so, call Stokes Law Firm. In many disputes, it takes a third party who can look at the situation objectively and provide legal insight. With over 30 years of experience practicing law, our legal team can assist you in finding a reasonable resolution to your dispute that meets your legal goals. We seek out creative solutions on your behalf and we advocate for you so that you can obtain a favorable outcome.

Stokes Law Firm can help with a number of civil disputes including:

  • Fraud and unfair business practices
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of non-compete agreements
  • Stealing of corporate assets

Anyone involved in a business dispute should have legal representation to make sure that he or she is well-protected and not taken advantage of during the process of resolving the dispute. In many cases, contracts between businesses have a clause stipulating that if a dispute should occur, then the two businesses will go to arbitration or mediation instead of going immediately to court.

What is arbitration and mediation in business disputes?

Our firm excels at providing ways for our clients to resolve their disputes through arbitration and mediation, which are alternative dispute resolution methods. Both arbitration and mediation takes place outside of the courtroom and enables our clients to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. 

Arbitration

Arbitration is a method to resolve disputes outside of court in which a third party, called the arbitrator, listens to each party’s position on the dispute (usually argued by their lawyers), and then makes a final decision. Arbitration can be binding and non-binding. In a non-binding arbitration, the arbitrator determines the rights of the parties to the dispute. However, neither party is bound by an arbitrator’s decision nor an arbitration award is issued. Subsequent to a non-binding arbitration, the parties to dispute can either pursue their claims through courts or by a binding arbitration. In binding arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision is final. It may not be reviewed or overturned by a court except in very limited circumstances, such as when fraud or misuse of power has been involved. The arbitration process is less formal than a courtroom hearing or trial (and often less expensive), but more formal than mediation or negotiation.

Mediation

Mediation is similar to arbitration in that it involves a third party overseeing a dispute between two parties. The difference is that the mediator, unlike an arbitrator, does not have the power to make final and legally binding decisions over the dispute. The mediator assists in the dialogue between the two disputing parties and helps them come to an agreement on their own. In the end, the two disputing parties must find a solution themselves, and the mediator is an objective third party that assists the parties.

Make Sure You Have Representation for Any Business Disputes

If you are involved in a business dispute, make sure that you have legal representation whether you are going into arbitration, mediation, or courtroom litigation. In any of these situations, an attorney will protect you. Stokes Law Firm is here to help you resolve your business disputes with your interests in mind.