Experienced Georgia Mediator Provides Cost-Effective Solutions to Business Disputes
As a judge for more than 25 years, Charles Chesbro has seen first-hand the impact of business disputes on businesses and their reputations. He has made several court rulings in which one party was the clear winner and the other the loser and then saw many of these cases proceed to the appellate phase where more money and time was spent continued to litigate these issues.
Now, he focuses his time and attention on helping area businesses resolve their disputes through the amicable process of mediation. With his gentle guidance, businesses are often able to resolve their issues out of the courtroom faster and more cost-effectively.
Resolve a Variety of Business Issues through the Effective Process of Mediation
Businesses are founded on relationships with others, such as business partners, shareholders, vendors, clients, franchisees, lessors and others. Throughout the life of a business, disputes are likely to arise. Rather than litigating these issues, mediating them often provides substantial benefits.
As long as both parties are willing to participate in mediation in good faith, many types of business disputes can be resolved through mediation, including:
- Employment disputes, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims
- Intellectual property disputes, including issues involving trade secrets, patents, trademarks or copyrights
- Breach of contract
- Claims of fraud
- Shareholder disputes
- Disputes between family members in family businesses
- Professional liability
- Anti-competition and anti-trust disputes
- Unfair trade practice disputes
- Sale of businesses and business assets
- Lease and commercial property disputes
- Defective product claims
- Breach of fiduciary claims
- Franchise conflicts
Benefits of Using Mediation to Resolve Business Disputes
Good business leaders understand the importance of weighing the costs and risks associated with taking certain actions. It is important to consider the possible ramifications of prolonged litigation and how mediation can mitigate these risks.
Some of the benefits of mediating your business dispute include:
- Confidentiality – Unlike litigation where information is publicly disclosed in an open forum, mediation is a confidential process. You can openly discuss the issue without being concerned that the other party or the mediator will repeat what you have said. This feature can also protect the reputation of your business.
- Lower cost– Mediation is much less expensive than litigation. This process is also much more efficient, often able to resolve a legal issue in a single day instead of months or years of ongoing litigation.
- Preservation of relationships – Mediation is founded on the principle of collaboration. Additionally, the mediator uses effective communication and conflict resolution skills to enhance communication, so the parties are often able to maintain their relationship.
- Creative solutions – Because the legal issue is not resolved in court, the parties are free to reach their own settlement and can tailor their agreement with creative solutions that a court ordinarily would not be able to order.
- Increased control over the outcome –You only reach an agreement if you are satisfied with its terms. If you are able to reach an agreement, you do not need a judge or jury to determine the outcome; you maintain control over the final settlement.
Contact Charles Chesbro Mediation Services to Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of mediation or whether your case is appropriate for mediation, contact Charles Chesbro Mediation Services online or call us at 678-360-6568 to schedule a consultation to learn more about our services.