While Zelle Hofmann attorneys are trial lawyers first, we recognize that a client’s first and foremost objective is always to resolve disputes in the most favorable and cost-effective manner possible. To that end, we provide candid advice and practical guidance to help our clients define and achieve their goals in resolving a dispute. Throughout this process, we remain sensitive to the culture, business concerns and business relationships of our clients.
Because of our extensive experience on both sides of the docket, some clients call on us to act as settlement counsel or to provide a realistic appraisal of the opponent’s case before settlement negotiations commence. We are also called upon to assist in resolving disputes prior to litigation. Many commercial clients, for example, have significant pre-litigation dispute resolution procedures written into contracts with key suppliers or customers. By identifying and focusing on the most important issues for resolution, we look to narrow the scope of the dispute and, where possible, avoid litigation altogether.
In many cases, we have helped clients evaluate their exposure and/or potential damages and negotiated settlements prior to suit. We have also conducted internal investigations for clients to help them determine their potential litigation exposure and then, through negotiation or mediation, resolved the dispute, making litigation unnecessary.
In addition to representing clients in quasi-judicial and alternative dispute resolution forums, several Zelle Hofmann partners are certified mediators and/or have served as party-appointed and neutral arbitrators in national and international disputes.