Practice/Industry Group Overview
In addition to traditional litigation, our lawyers have a wealth of experience in alternative dispute resolution. We strive to gain an understanding of our clients’ business and legal needs in order to resolve disputes efficiently and expeditiously. At times, the best solution involves cost-effective alternatives to traditional litigation.
The attorneys in our Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice are experienced in both national and international arbitration, mediation and private negotiation. We also counsel clients who wish to establish alternative dispute resolution programs and provide specialized training for those responsible for implementing them. Alternative dispute resolution techniques have been applied in a variety of practice areas including commercial, employment, environmental and product liability.
The Firm has been active for many years in representing clients in both the US and the UK, as well as globally, before arbitral tribunals in disputes spanning a vast array of industries. Edwards Wildman attorneys have acted as advocates or arbitrators in ad hoc arbitrations from London to Hong Kong, and in institutional arbitrations. The breadth of our experience begins at the transactional level, where our arbitration practitioners are actively involved with corporate counsel to craft forum selection clauses and dispute resolution methodologies suited to the deal or cross-border relationship.
Our lawyers are experienced with arbitration procedure in the US before the AAA, Jams, FINRA, and CPR in commercial matters and they are also experienced in arbitration conducted under the Rules of many of the leading global arbitral institutions such as The International Chamber of Commerce, The London Court of International Arbitration, as well as the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
The Firm has particularly extensive advocacy experience in the international insurance and reinsurance industry. Our lawyers regularly serve as counsel for American, European and Bermudian insurers and reinsurers in disputes in the US, England, and elsewhere arising under high-value insurance policies, reinsurance treaties and facultative certificates. The disputes involved range from millions of dollars to hundreds of millions or more.
The Firm’s participation in intellectual property cross-border arbitrations ranges from product branding to global patent license disputes. Our partners also have extensive experience with commercial disputes involving the sale of goods, joint ventures, distribution, outsourcing and contractual claims across many industries, as well as under myriad foreign laws and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods.
In addition, attorneys in our Labor & Employment group have a wealth of experience in handling traditional grievance arbitrations, FINRA arbitrations, interest arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including court-ordered and voluntary mediation proceedings. Members of our firm also routinely serve as adjunct professors at Northwestern and DePaul Law Schools teaching ADR and arbitration.