We are Your Partners in Litigation Actions and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Personal and business disputes end up in litigation all too often. When you or your business is involved in a dispute heading for litigation, you need more than a law firm – you need a partner to guide you to a positive solution before the situation gets ugly.
At Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd., our litigation attorneys have collaborated with individuals, as well as businesses of all sizes, in litigating disputes. They can handle any personal or business litigation from filing through verdict and appeal, if necessary. Our litigators have extensive experience including the following areas:
- Shareholder Disputes
- Breach of Contract
- Environmental Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Analysis and Disputes
- Real Estate Disputes
- Construction Law
- Land Use and Zoning Disputes
- Claim Preparation and Representation
- Collections and Creditors’ Rights Litigation
- Employment Disputes
- Mediation and Arbitration
- Corporate Litigation
- Loss and Damage Evaluation
- Personal Injury, including Auto Accident and Product Liability
- Conciliation Matters
- Chancery and Special Remedies
Mediation and Arbitration
Litigation is not the only solution to legal problems. Our attorneys also have extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution techniques, including traditional and faith-based mediation and arbitration.
Thomas W. Hargrove is an experienced advocate in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices including arbitration, mediation and other non-traditional processes. Tom offers broad experience in state, federal and administrative courts as well as arbitration forums in matters relating to breach of contract, business disputes, construction process and defects, commercial real estate, landlord-tenant issues and employment matters.
James H. Pluymert has handled multiple faith-based negotiations for churches and other not-for-profit organizations. Certified as a Christian Conciliator through the Institute for Christian Conciliation, Jim has represented churches and individuals in ecclesiastical disputes. As an attorney, he is a seasoned litigator, mediator and arbitrator, assisting clients in the areas of business disputes, employment, personal injury and church-related law. With his proficiency in Christian conciliation and legal mediation, Jim has helped many churches and other not-for-profit organizations achieve their missions.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Our Attorneys Work to Resolve Cases Outside of the Courtroom
Very few legal cases ever reach a courtroom. The vast majority are settled out of court through alternatives to litigation. In many instances, this is a significantly better option for one or more of the parties involved. While trials can be effective in some situations, it is important to understand that not every legal claim needs to end in a prolonged, expensive court battle.
Those involved in legal conflicts often turn to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation. Our Hoffman Estates lawyers are qualified to handle cases in litigation, and have gained successful results for their clients through alternative dispute resolution methods. We are able to provide effective counsel for businesses and individuals, and help them decide when to work through an issue by using arbitration or mediation.
What are Arbitration and Mediation?
Arbitration and mediation are two different types of alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration involves at least one neutral arbitrator, agreed upon by the conflicting parties, to make a decision about the case. The arbitrator examines the evidence of the case and makes a ruling for the parties to follow. The major benefit of arbitration over litigation is that arbitration is a private proceeding; the records and the proceeding are closed to the public.
Mediation utilizes the services of a neutral mediator who negotiates with the parties to find a solution for a dispute. Unlike the arbitrator, the mediator does not make a judgment, but rather facilitates discussion between the parties and attempts to find a solution on which both parties can agree. Mediators often use creative techniques to offer mutually beneficial solutions that might be unavailable in litigation.
When is Alternative Dispute Resolution Effective?
Trial litigation can be a long, public process that can accumulate thousands of dollars in legal fees. One of the most common reasons for resorting to a form of alternative dispute resolution is that it saves time and limits costs. In fact, arbitration functions much like a court case, but the resolution can occur much sooner than in a courtroom.
Alternative dispute resolution can also preserve relationships, which could be important in probate cases involving conflicts between family members. Mediation can be particularly effective, because it commonly results in compromise. Both methods of alternative dispute resolution may allow individuals to get what they want without losing friends or business partners.
Experienced Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Lawyers
We view ourselves as partners in your litigation and alternative dispute resolution actions, and we take pride in providing high quality service backed by our client service guarantee. We will keep you informed throughout your case, so you are in a position to make the important decisions that lead to positive outcomes.
Our litigation attorney and staff have a reputation for integrity and high quality service. Contact Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd. to see how our experience can serve you or your business or your not-for-profit organization.