Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Paley Rothman’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group offers clients a variety of cost-efficient alternatives to the traditional litigation process. Our attorneys are highly skilled at resolving personal and business disputes, often before formal litigation has begun.

Alternative dispute resolution is a private, informal process intended to help disputing parties achieve a satisfactory resolution without going through a court trial. To meet that objective, our attorneys provide clients with settlement assistance prior to initiating litigation, as well as advice on mediation, arbitration and other ADR alternatives to court litigation. If litigation has already begun, we are often able to apply our resolution skills to bring the case to a faster conclusion.

The members of this practice group have extensive experience in a variety of ADR techniques such as mediation, arbitration, mini-trials and neutral case evaluation, among others. Arthur House, the chair of this practice group, serves as both a court-appointed mediator and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel of Neutrals (Arbitration) and Panel of Mediators. Each of our ADR attorneys has received specialized training in mediation, arbitration or ADR advocacy and counseling, and all actively serve as court-appointed mediators, ADR neutrals or counselors. The hands-on experience of our ADR attorneys as active mediators and arbitrators is coupled with years of experience representing clients in ADR proceedings. This combination of skills provides our clients with invaluable insights learned from all sides of the ADR process. Our collective ADR capabilities along with our extensive litigation experience enables us to recognize the strengths and shortcomings of cases as they move through the often confusing processes of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

The ADR practice group regularly draws upon attorneys from Paley Rothman’s other practice areas to provide solutions that address all aspects of our clients’ complex personal and business-related legal problems.

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September 24, 2016

Jim Hammerschmidt Provides Commentary in Law360 Article on Challenges to the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

Officials from 21 states and more than 50 business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed two lawsuits Tuesday in Texas federal court challenging a rule that would extend overtime pay to millions of workers. Jim Hammerschmidt provides commentary on this topic.

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Awards

Paula Calimafde and Debbie Cohn were elected Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities.

Paula Calimafde was elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. The Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel constitute an extraordinary group of America’s very best tax attorneys. Membership is reserved for those leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to their chosen profession. Fellows must be nominated for the honor of membership and must then undergo a rigorous screening process prior to being elected as Fellows of the College.

Paula Calimafde was elected a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public's understanding of the practice of employee benefits law. Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel are selected by the College's Board of Governors from among employee benefits attorneys nominated for that honor and recommended for consideration by the Board's Membership Committee after considering the recommendations of regional screening committees.

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