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Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

Court litigation is a major step for any business dispute. It can lead to time-consuming and costly legal processes that lead to the disclosure of sensitive information from both disputing parties and the fact that the final decision is left to a disinterested third party. Alternative dispute resolution processes, such as working with a mediation lawyer who is acting as a neutral arbitrator, is one of the best ways to resolve disputes in a way that adheres to the law but allows for more discretion and confidentiality than when taking your case in front of a Chicago judge.

Arbitration mediation is an important function in various cases, including personal injury, business disputes, and more. Working with a mediation lawyer to determine arbitration awards can help avoid having your case tied up and delayed in Chicago, IL courts, as ADR encompasses all facets of a dispute that can be resolved with a judge. We will be happy to discuss your options during a free consultation.

Contact Mike Agruss Law To Discuss an Alternative Dispute Resolution 

The team at Mike Agruss Law has years of practical experience acting as arbitrators across Illinois, such as the following localities: Chicago, Downers Grove, Arlington Heights, Palos Park, Cook County, Dupage County, Lake County, and beyond. With over a decade of experience and involvement in the Chicago, IL legal community, you can rely on the Mike Agruss Law mediation lawyers to work hard to help you navigate towards a reasonable dispute resolution. 

Read more below to better understand the benefits of working with a mediation lawyer, the importance of an attorney-client relationship in any sort of case, and more. Contact us right away to request a free consultation to discuss your situation. 

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When To Consult With An Arbitration Lawyer

If you are involved in a business dispute and would like to explore your options for resolving the conflict outside of court, then it is time to speak with an arbitration mediation lawyer. This type of lawyer can help you understand if arbitration is the best option for your situation and represent you during the arbitration process. 

Arbitration mediation lawyers have experience working with all types of businesses and disputes, so they can provide valuable guidance on whether or not this form of alternative dispute resolution is right for you. If you are working through construction disputes, franchise litigation issues, or other business disputes that require disclosing confidential or sensitive information, the legal expertise provided by dispute arbitration mediation lawyers may be one of the best paths forward to keep this information discrete and private while still reaching a fair outcome to your legal disputes.

What To Expect From Arbitration

Arbitration is a confidential process that takes place outside of a courtroom. The arbitrator, who is typically a mediation lawyer, will listen to both sides, and then make a decision based on the evidence provided by each party. The arbitration process can take anywhere from one hour to several days, depending on the complexity of your case; however, most cases are resolved within two hours or less. 

If you have decided that you would prefer to avoid the Illinois court system and instead move forward with arbitration mediation, here is what you can expect:

  • The arbitration mediation lawyer will hear both sides, including their evidence and legal arguments for why they believe their position is correct. 
  • The neutral arbitrator will listen carefully to all parties involved before making a ruling as quickly as possible after listening to everyone’s side. 
  • After an agreement has been reached between opposing parties in mediation sessions with an attorney acting as a neutral arbitrator, a binding contract will be drawn up, and both parties must adhere to the agreement. 
  • Arbitration is confidential, so no one involved in the process can discuss what happened outside of the arbitration room.

If you have any questions about arbitration or would like to speak with an arbitration lawyer, contact us today for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping businesses resolve disputes through mediation and arbitration, and we can help you find the best solution for your business.

Understanding Awards in Arbitration Mediation

Arbitration awards are binding contracts that both parties must adhere to. However, if you do not agree with the arbitrator’s decision after mediation sessions with an attorney acting as neutral arbitrator or feel that it was unfair for some reason (such as bias), there are instances where appeals can be filed in court against arbitration decisions.

If none of those options is available to resolve your business dispute outside of court litigation, then going through a trial may be necessary. 

How long does this process take? 

Usually longer than arbitration and other forms of ADR because trials involve more documents being submitted as evidence on behalf of each party involved; however, depending on how complicated your case is – they will generally last between one day up until three weeks before reaching their conclusion.

Of course, working with an arbitration mediation lawyer from the start will give you a much better sense of how long your arbitration mediation case may take to resolve. You can rely on your arbitration mediation lawyer to help guide you through this process with years of personal experience and practice in Chicago, Illinois with our firm. While your case may be very different from other cases an arbitration mediation lawyer may have already handled in their past, you can be confident that they will be working towards a fair and reasonable outcome for you and the other parties involved in your business or contract dispute.

Frequently Asked Questions About Using Arbitration To Resolve Disputes

How long does arbitration take?

You may be wondering how long it will take to settle your business dispute if you go through arbitration or mediation sessions with an attorney acting as neutral arbitrator instead of going through court litigation – the answer depends on several factors such as:

  • The complexity of the case
  • How many parties are involved (i.e., two vs. three)
  • Whether or not there has been previous communication between the disputing parties outside of court litigation before going to arbitration sessions such as text message conversations, non-encrypted email, or other types of message contact applications

As you can imagine, there is no easy way for a mediation lawyer to answer the question about how long it will take before an arbitration award is determined, but you can be confident in our law firm to handle your case expeditiously and discreetly to help you avoid litigation.

Why should I choose arbitration over litigation?

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can help resolve business disputes without going through court litigation. In arbitration, an impartial third party called the arbitrator acts as judge and jury to decide on issues presented by both sides for them to reach agreement or settlement terms that might be more favorable than those offered during negotiations between opposing parties (such as payment amounts, deadlines, etc.). 

The parties can also choose whether or not they want their settlement terms made public before signing off on them. Depending on the situation, you can go through the arbitration process either in person or remotely.

Are decisions made by arbitrators non-binding?

Arbitration awards are most often binding contracts that both Chicago, Illinois parties must adhere to. If they do not comply with these terms, either side may pursue legal action against them in court, or one of the clients files an appeal. 

Why should I use an arbitrator?

If you and the other party cannot come to an agreement outside of court, then it may be time to speak with an arbitration attorney. This type of lawyer can help you understand if arbitration is the best option for your situation and can also represent you during the arbitration process. 

Arbitrators practice impartiality as they guide their clients through the process of resolving a contract dispute or other disagreement and work to reach a compromise between both sides — unlike lawyers, who will fight to get the best outcome for their clients regardless of what the other party may deserve.

How much does it cost to hire an arbitrator?

Arbitration fees can vary depending on the arbitrator you choose, as well as the amount of time and resources needed for your case. Typically, the arbitration lawyer will charge a fee to represent you during these proceedings. However, this is often much cheaper than going through court litigation. 

We will be happy to discuss our arbitration mediation fees during our free consultation.

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6 months ago
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3 years ago
On August 27, 2021, I traded a 2021 Elantra for a 2022 Santa Fe. My Elantra had less than 200 miles on it and it was purchased December 2020. I drive my son to and from school Monday - Friday. The school is less that 1 mile away and I pass multiple school districts so the average speed limit might be 45. The following Monday, the front dash lit up like a Christmas Tree; I called the dealership and they stated the next time it came on to bring the car directly to the dealership (a 40 minute drive away). The car was parked and I drove my husband's car for the next few days. The next time the car was driven was 9/7, the errors started flashing again. I drove the car the 40 minute drive; waited for 3 hours for them to tell me my car was perfectly safe. Before leaving, my engine light came on. They again insured me that it was safe to drive. On my way home the emergency parking brake flew on for no reason causing the car to slam to a stop, tires squealing. Thankfully no one was hurt. The car was parked when I got home and my husband picked up our child. The next time it was driven, was September 9th. On this day, on my way to drop my son off, the car again turned on the emergency parking brake for no reason. My son was in the car during this instance. After getting home, I called the dealership which told me they could not get an appointment available until November. So I called Hyundai Corporate; which instructed me NOT to drive the car. September 10th the car was towed to a different dealership, where it stayed until October 11th. Technically, the car wasn't worked on until September 11th and was completed October 8th. However, I had to return my loaner car, coupled with anxiety of retrieving the vehicle lead to my husband driving the car home on October 11th. The mileage when the car entered the shop was 226; it was 404 when it was returned, 428 when my husband arrived home. Since then the car has sat in our garage. Hyundai has offered $600 as a suitable outcome; however, that doesn't take the anxiety of even sitting in this vehicle, let alone drive it. I was informed that because the dealership showed the car being started on the 11 and being done on the 8th, that it was not 30 days; although the car was there from September 10 to October 11. I just want a different car entirely; still a Hyundai because I do like them but just a physically different car, not a 2022. I just don't feel the 2022 has had all the bugs worked out and while Hyundai states it's fixed; it does not erase the fear I have for that car. Can you help?
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3 years ago
Hablas español??
Michael Agruss
3 years ago
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3 years ago
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