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There is more than one way to resolve a legal conflict or dispute. Many law firms and individual lawyers still approach disputes from a litigation-only, or arbitration and adversarial process bias. As a result, individual, business, commercial and personal disputes cause loss of time, money, relationships, flexibility, control, confidentiality, and opportunities. Instead, a collaborative approach may give the parties to a dispute more control in its resolution than they would have in court, before a judge or jury and before a single or panel of arbitrators with no stake in the outcome. Mediation too is still a part of an adversarial process. The collaborative approach takes place in a confidential setting focused on conflict resolution with each party’s real interests and goals taking priority over “winning at all costs” or “scorched earth” behavior in a public display that is often contrary to the best interest of personal and business reputations.”Rambo” tactics are not right for every business or person.
At Stephen Rizzieri, PLLC, in Dallas, Texas, we provide individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, shareholders and other parties in disputes with a realistic and goal-oriented approach to conflict resolution. This approach empowers individuals to control the outcome of the conflict and fosters and preserves our clients’ personal and business relationships and chances for growth and success all in a confidential setting.
Collaborative Law For Business And Personal Disputes
While Attorney Stephen Rizzieri has played the aggressive role in directing scorched-earth courtroom proceedings, his experience has shown that clients fare best when disputes are approached from a standpoint of working together to resolve disagreements and solve disputes, rather than through costly, time consuming and emotionally draining lawsuits conducted in a public forum, and where no one really “wins”, except the lawyers.
Using a goal-oriented approach to conflict or dispute resolution gives parties the opportunity to:
- Have unique goals and concerns addressed. A judge in court does not have as much time to understand the source of the issue and how it can be resolved with mutually beneficial agreements as the parties and their respective lawyers do. In contrast, a collaborative approach provides parties with a voice in self-directed dispute resolution. Parties outline the goals that matter to them and find opportunities for each to gain from the dispute.
- Openly communicate with the opposing party. In litigation, discovery is an expensive process, and it is often full of secretive information that is arduous to uncover, but crucial to getting the results you need. Businesses held hostage by document production in response to lawsuit subpoenas that can lead nowhere and waste valuable man-power and large sums of money that could be better spent maintaining and growing the business. In collaborative law, the process is open and transparent. Parties can discuss details with the opposing side, whether that involves financial transactions or internal documents.
- Be flexible with dispute resolution, instead of obligated to one type of resolution. If a solution is not found through collaborative law proceedings, parties can exit at any time and retain lawyers who can then litigate the case when necessary. Since collaborative lawyers can not represent the parties in a subsequent litigation, even they are incentivized to help ensure the process succeeds.
- Preserve business (and sometimes personal and family) relationships while solving problems. It is important to protect your own interests in a dispute, and sometimes that means protecting the potential to work with vendors, business partners or other parties on the opposing side in the future. For instance, siblings in a dispute over the deceased parent’s estate may desire to maintain a relationship that outlines the current disagreement.
- Maintain confidentiality of private or personal affairs. All discussions are held outside of third parties so there is no exposure to judgement of your personal information to strangers.
A goal oriented process can be more efficient and empowers the parties to have more control over the outcome than they might have with a judge, jury, arbitrator or mediator.
Collaborative Law for Business Disputes? by L. Stephen Rizzieri, published Collab-o-grams, the newsletter of the Global Collaborative Law Council.
Contact L. Stephen Rizzieri, PLLC, online or by telephone at (214) 434-1017 to arrange an initial personal consultation.
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