Mediator

Mediator of Complex Disputes

Unlike arbitration and traditional litigation, mediation gives parties the opportunity to resolve disputes in a timely manner while offering control over possible solutions and outcomes.

 

A mediator acts as a strategist and intermediary, facilitating negotiations between the parties to a dispute. In some cases, a mediator is chosen for the parties by the Court; however, most of the time, a mediator is selected by parties or their attorneys. 

Cooper Shattuck has been listed on the Roster of Alabama State Court Mediators of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution since 1998.

Over his more than 30 years of practice, Cooper has handled a wide variety of complex and unique cases throughout the country, and now focuses on mediating the following types of cases:

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Complex Mediation

Litigation is a process, not a product. It involves strategic thinking, calculated implementation, and effective written and oral advocacy.  Mediation is no different.   Like litigation, successful negotiations require effective planning and preparation. A skilled mediator can help the parties communicate more effectively so that they might find a win-win solution.

Cooper Shattuck is experienced in mediating all types of complex litigation including, but not limited to:

  • Environmental

  • Surety and construction

  • Bankruptcy

  • Higher education

  • Multi-district litigation (MDLs)

  • Defective products

  • Consumer fraud

  • Class actions

  • Employment

  • Personal injury

  • Wrongful death

  • Financial

  • Oil and gas

  • Healthcare

  • Intellectual property

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Environmental Mediation

Cooper Shattuck has extensive experience as an environmental lawyer, representing plaintiffs, defendants, government entities, and potentially responsible parties in complex environmental litigation and compliance.

 

This experience allows Cooper to effectively mediate environmental cases including, but not limited to:

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Surety & Construction Mediation

Cooper Shattuck has extensive experience handling large and complex surety and construction claims all over the country and in Puerto Rico.

 

This experience allows Cooper to effectively mediate surety and construction cases including, but not limited to:

  • Large commercial projects

  • State projects

  • "Little Miller Act" claims and disputes

  • Federal projects

  • Miller Act claims and disputes

  • Public works

  • Delay claims

  • Construction contract disputes

  • Change orders

  • Surety claims

  • Surety rights

  • Surety takeovers

  • General contractors

  • Subcontractors

  • Claims for additional work

  • Latent defects

  • Notice of default

  • Faulty design

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Bankruptcy Mediation

Cooper Shattuck has extensive experience handling a wide assortment of bankruptcy issues and claims.

 

This experience allows Cooper to effectively mediate bankruptcy cases including, but not limited to:

  • Chapter 11

  • Reorganization plans

  • Debtor-In-Possession

  • Chapter 7

  • Liquidation issues

  • Trustee claims

  • Debtor's claims

  • Creditor's claims

  • Involuntary filings

  • Relief from stay

  • Priority

  • Claim valuation

  • Secured status

  • Nondischargeability

  • Fraudulent transfers

  • Preferences or preferential transfers

  • Adversary proceedings

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Higher Education Mediation

Having served as General Counsel for Alabama’s largest university and employer during one of the most challenging times for colleges and universities in the U.S., Cooper grasps the challenges facing universities and the importance of bringing process to the chaos, making him one of the most highly experienced higher education attorneys in Alabama. 

This experience enables Cooper to effectively mediate matters arising in higher education, including:

  • Compliance

  • NCAA

  • Athletics

  • Name and likeness

  • Branding

  • Intellectual property

  • Patents

  • Governance issues

  • Employment

  • Benefits

  • ADA

  • VAWA

  • Title VI

  • Title VII

  • Title IX

  • HIPAA

  • FLSA

  • FMLA

  • FERPA

  • Ethics

  • State constitutional and statutory requirements

  • Open meetings

  • Open records

  • Student benefits

  • SACS accreditation

  • Hazing

  • Student discipline

  • Faculty and staff issues

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