ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation are time and money-saving alternatives to traditional litigation. 

ARBITRATION

Cooper Shattuck is an approved arbitrator and panel member of the highly-selective American Arbitration Association, the oldest and largest private global provider of alternative dispute resolution services in the world.

 

For information about the American Arbitration Association, including its Commerical Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures; Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures; Consumer Arbitration Rules; and Employment Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures, visit https://www.adr.org/.

MEDIATION

Unlike arbitration and traditional litigation, mediation gives parties the opportunity to resolve disputes in a timely manner while having more control over possible solutions and agreements. A mediator acts as a strategist and intermediary between the parties involved in a matter. In some cases, a mediator is chosen for the parties by the Court; however, most of the time, a mediator is selected by parties and/or attorneys based on their prior experience as well as their success rate mediating similar cases. 

Cooper Shattuck has been a mediator on the Roster of the Alabama State Court Mediators and an arbitrator on the Roster of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution since 1998.

Over the last two decades, Cooper has handled cases involving governmental entities, domestic parties, small and large corporations, and individuals including, but not limited to, the following types of claims/disputes: 

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Construction
Commercial
Environmental
Employment
Civil 
Domestic

Construction

Large, complex construction disputes involving owners (private and public), contractors, sureties, and subcontractors. 

Large public works projects including:

  • Airports

  • Mass transit

  • Water treatment plans

  • Civic centers

  • Education facilities

  • Research facilities

  • Laboratories

  • Hospitals and other medical facilities

  • Courthouses

  • Various federal government installations

  • Environmental restoration projects

  • Environmental cleaup projects

  • Pipelines

  • Parks and recreation facilities

 

Private commercial construction projects including:

  • Office buildings

  • Malls

  • Hotels

  • Grocery stores

  • Warehouse clubs

  • Warehouses

Commercial

Litigation and transactions involving:

  • Banks and banking

  • Bank operations

  • Holding company shareholder disputes

  • Consumer finance (including class actions and MDLs) 

  • Mortgage servicing 

  • Consumer loan bundling 

  • Force-placed insurance 

  • Lender liability

  • Mineral leases and natural resource financing

  • Bankruptcy

  • UCC issues and disputes:

    • Financing 

    • Sales 

    • Commercial paper/negotiable instruments 

    • Secured transactions; and

    • Bank deposits and collections

Environmental

Large-scale environmental matters and litigation, including: 

  • Natural resource damages

  • Clean Water Act

  • CERCLA/Superfund

  • RCRA

  • Clean Water Act

  • Clean Air Act 

  • NEPA 

  • Oil Pollution Act 

  • Federal and state environmental compliance 

  • Toxic torts 

  • Environmental cleanup and restoration 

  • Pipelines

  • Underground storage tanks

Employment

Litigation and compliance involving: 

  • Title VII 

  • Race discrimination

  • Sex discrimination 

  • National origin discrimination 

  • Religious discrimination 

  • Sexual harassment 

  • Age discrimination 

  • ADA

  • Disabilities

  • Pregnancy discrimination

  • Family medical leave 

  • FLSA (wage and hour)

  • Tenure

  • Compensation

  • Benefits

Civil

  • Bad faith

  • Bonds

  • Breach of contract

  • Class action

  • Contract disputes

  • Dram shop

  • Estates, trusts and wills

  • Financial institution and consumer claims

  • Fraud

  • Government programs

  • Insurance coverage

  • Mining

  • Minors

  • Mortgages, leases and real estate

  • Motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, ATV claims, and motorcycle accidents

  • Negligence

  • Oil and gas

  • Personal injury

  • Product liability

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Shareholder derivative claims

  • Sureties

  • Wrongful death

Domestic

  • Divorce

  • Child custody

  • Visitation rights

  • Property settlement