The term “arbitration” refers to a streamlined trial-like process in which the parties present evidence and the arbitrator then renders a decision. Arbitration does not involve a jury. The parties will select one, or sometimes a panel of three, arbitrators who will act as the judge and jury. Arbitration is much faster and less expensive than a full jury trial, which can take several days to over a week.
Some cases are not appropriate for arbitration, but should be resolved instead in front of a jury. Our firm has arbitrated and tried cases for many years. We are very qualified to make the appropriate recommendation to the client as to whether that case should be resolved through arbitration or through a 12-person jury trial.