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Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution


From drafting and revising clients' arbitration clauses to compelling arbitration of claims to serving as arbitrators, Starnes Davis Florie provides a full service arbitration practice.

Attorneys with Starnes Davis Florie serve as national arbitration counsel for a variety of clients, and regularly appear in arbitrations administered by major forums such as the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the National Arbitration Forum, and the NASD.

The firm draws from a vast field of arbitration experience, which includes matters such as consumer finance disputes, business-to-business matters, nursing homes cases, employment issues, and international claims, among others. The firm's attorneys arbitrate matters in multiple jurisdictions, ranging from two-party disputes to complex arbitrations.

Starnes Davis Florie has played a major role in enforcing arbitration provisions in jurisdictions traditionally adverse to alternative dispute resolution. The firm emphasizes compelling arbitration of claims improperly filed in court in breach of arbitration provisions.


Mediation has become a permanent fixture of the litigation landscape. Starnes Davis Florie's attorneys routinely participate in mediations on behalf of the firm's diverse clientele. Moreover, several attorneys serve as mediators and arbitrators on both the trial and appellate levels.

While mediation is an "alternative" to trial, it may not be appropriate for all matters. Starnes Davis Florie lawyers are always prepared to litigate cases. The firm's willingness to take cases to trial can benefit clients during mediation.

Due to the expensive, time-consuming nature of litigation today, mediation has become a frequent tool for the efficient resolution of all types of disputes. Attorneys with Starnes Davis Florie have participated in mediations in a wide range of matters including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, labor and employment, insurance fraud and bad faith, securities, financial institutions, TILA, FCRA, and nursing home litigation. The firm's attorneys are always prepared to mediate, depending on the client's objectives.