Arbitration Services for Attorneys and Pro Se Parties

About Anthony C. Adamopoulos:

I am a graduate of prestigious training programs including: the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Arbitration Training Institute; the International Arbitration Course of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American Arbitration Association.

I was trained in Construction Arbitration by the American Arbitration Association.

I have over twenty-five years of arbitration experience. I have served as a Discovery Master, Civil Master (law and facts), and Judicial Adjunct.

An example of the width and depth of my experience includes:

  • A $1M+ claim for negligent delivery of bulk petroleum
  • A $1M+ intra-family multi-corporate dispute over the proceeds of a corporate sale
  • A $700,000+ breach of fiduciary duty stock market claim

 

Using Deadlock ArbitrationSM to resolve the last issue.

Deadlock ArbitrationSM is the smart way out of negotiation deadlock in Adversarial Divorce, Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.

Avoiding an in-court trial can have profound effects for the financial and emotional future of each divorcing party. Often, there is little to be gained by such a trial, even a “win” carries a “loss”. This realization compels consideration of Deadlock ArbitrationSM whenever a deadlock happens.

Deadlock is an uncompromising refusal by at least one party to move from a position. It can occur even after conscientious attorneys and conscientious parties have tried all available means to bring about a settlement. It can occur in the Adversarial Approach, the Mediation Approach and the Collaborative Approach.

What does it take to get to deadlock? What does it take to get out of deadlock?

Consider the following scenario which applies equally to each Divorce Approach:

Attorneys and respective clients (or clients and their mediator), in good faith, work their way successfully through many issues.

After a period, all issues are resolved except for one – How to handle the wife’s recent inheritance from her father’s estate.

The husband wants “his share” and the wife says it is all hers. Neither party will compromise. Resolution by negotiation (or mediation) has come to a deadlock!

Consider the effort and commitment expended on everything upon which the parties agree.

Consider that only one issue prevents a resolution. Deadlock ArbitrationSM can resolve that one issue.

In Deadlock ArbitrationSM, the parties decide and pick the right arbitrator to resolve their deadlock.

Their “handpicked” arbitrator travels to the parties where, in a format totally designed by the parties (with the help of their respective attorneys or their mediator), the arbitrator listens to the presentation of each side.

The arbitrator, within the time agreed upon, makes a decision and the divorcing parties move on.

  • Your preparation and obvious knowledge of the issues impressed everyone. Your procedure was very successful and largely because the parties trusted you to be discrete.

    B. A. M.D., Esq., Counsel for defendant
  • Attorney Anthony Adamopoulos conducts himself in a professional manner. He does not show favoritism to either side… . He clearly states the issues. I know that is what our company is looking for, someone who is fair and objective.

    L. H., Defense Claims Representative
  • You did a nice, quick job. I think the award was within the range I had anticipated. I had a high/low and the award was above the low and beneath the high.

    C. W. G., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff
  • My client was happy with your finding and defendant's attorney felt your award was within the parameters of the value of the case.

    P. N. O., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff
  • The award was made within 48 hours of the hearing. My client's claim was resolved in an expedient and fair manner without the delays necessitated by litigation.

    N. P. V., Esq., Counsel for plaintiff

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a confidential process of final and binding dispute resolution in whicheach party submits their position, in a less formal, less legalistic manner, to a neutralthird party who makes a final and binding decision on all issues submitted for resolution.

Are you an attorney representing a party in a divorce or civil matter?

Experienced knowledgeable attorneys know that even the best intentioned and experiencedattorney sometimes hits deadlock – a stalemate that cannot be resolved throughnegotiation.

Experienced knowledgeable attorneys also know that arbitration is the last real chance toavoid "trial-in-court". They know going to court means: involving a judge, followingrules and procedures that can slow resolution, additional cost and the risk of multiplecontinuances. Then, after a court trial, each party faces the possibility of an appeal bythe other. Attorneys assist their clients in determining whether they are best served bythe benefits of arbitration. If the benefits of arbitration are chosen, then theattorneys, working together, prepare the Arbitration Agreement.

Are you a pro se party facing litigation in court?

For pro se parties, going to court means involving a judge and following rules andregulations that may be unfamiliar to a pro se party. Going to court can mean havingsubpoenas served, certifying documents and doing all that is required to present a casebefore the court. Arbitration avoids unnecessary costs and delays associated with going tocourt. Unlike court trials, the Rules of Evidence do not apply in arbitration.

The easy steps to resolution by arbitration:
Arbitration is used for single or multipleissues and can be used to resolve deadlock arising out of the Collaborative or Mediationprocess.

  1. After deadlock, attorneys discuss arbitration with their clients. Prose litigants discuss arbitration between themselves.
  2. If all agree, anArbitration Agreement is executed. (Basic templates are available.)

The basic arbitration agreement provides for:

  • Confidential proceedings;
  • Discretion;
  • Issue selection and limitation;
  • Binding awards (there may bea high/low agreement);
  • Any other provision agreed upon;
  • The admission of allevidence which is then given the weight determined appropriate by the arbitrator; and
  • The time and location for the arbitration hearing.

Benefits of arbitration:

  • Provides privacy – for example, hearings are not open to the public.
  • Provides confidentiality – for example, testimony and documentary evidence are notavailable to the public.
  • Avoids unnecessary costs – for example, affidavits may beused instead of in person expert testimony.
  • Avoids unnecessary delays – forexample, there are no unexpected court like delays.

Points to consider:

  • Speed – Hearings can be scheduled within days and decisionsawarded within weeks.
  • Single issue determination – arbitration can be used toresolve only one issue, e.g., the final "sticking point".

As the arbitrator of your case, I will:

  • Discuss with counsel, or pro se parties, injoint conference, any specific interests such as confidentiality, informality, time ofhearing, etc.
  • Conduct the arbitration hearing in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Give my decision within a mutually agreed upon time frame.