Appeals

Atlanta lawyer James W. Copeland has more than 20 years of experience successfully appealing cases and claims for clients in state and federal courts. Call 888-612-1703 to schedule a free initial consult with Atlanta lawyer James W. Copeland.

Arbitration

Arbitration is an ancient and time-proven method for the cost-effective resolution of business disputes, in which the parties waive their right to a jury trial, and agree on a method for selecting a panel of one or three arbitrators, which hears the parties’ evidence and arguments, and then makes an award that is binding between the parties. The parties to an arbitration can apply to a court to have judgment entered on a final arbitration award.

Georgia and most other jurisdictions have statutes that expressly authorize courts to enter judgments on arbitration awards. Georgia’s arbitration statutes are at Georgia Code Title 9, Chapter 9, O.C.G.A. sections 9-9-1 to 9-9-84. The Federal Arbitration Act is at Title 9 of the United States Code, 9 U.S.C. sections 1 to 307.

Some courts offer a voluntary arbitration service, however, court-annexed arbitration programs typically have limited resources. Private companies offer arbitration services on a fee-for-service basis that are unlimited in scope. Leading arbitration service providers include the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and JAMS. Parties can also agree to arbitrate directly under the Georgia Arbitration Code or the Federal Arbitration Act, without utilizing the administrative services of a private arbitration association.

If you need an experienced, affordable business arbitration attorney for the arbitration of a business dispute, call Atlanta business arbitration lawyer James Copeland at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Contract Breach Disputes

Most written business contracts and insurance policies contain language that is incomplete, confusing, or even misleading. Misunderstandings and disputes over the proper interpretation of the written agreement can spark expensive litigation. Whether a written agreement is truly ambiguous is a question of law for a Court (or an arbitration panel) to determine, using the legal rules for contract interpretation.

Standardized industry contract forms can be very helpful, but blind reliance on standard industry forms can result in expensive misunderstandings. In the construction industry, leading industry contract forms include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) family of contract forms, the ConsensusDocs family of contract forms, and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee’s (EJCDC) family of contract forms. Each of the standardized contract forms has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Most of Georgia’s (pre-UCC) statutes for interpreting and enforcing common law contracts are at Georgia Code Title 13, O.G.G.A. sections 13-1-1 to 13-11-11. Most of Georgia’s UCC statutes for interpreting and enforcing UCC contracts for the sale of goods are at Georgia Code Title 11, Article 2, O.C.G.A. sections 11-2-1 to 11-2-328. The Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the state and federal statutes and published case law that governs the interpretation and enforcement of written contracts.

If you need experienced, affordable legal advice or representation for a contract interpretation dispute, call Atlanta breach of contract lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com to schedule an initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Employment Agreements

Executive employee agreements typically include post-employment restrictive covenants against competition, solicitation, or the former employee’s use of trade secrets and other confidential information.

In Georgia, a post-employment non-compete provision in an employment agreement must balance the employee’s right to earn a living and his ability to determine with certainty the prohibited territory with the employer’s interest in customer relationships created or furthered by its former employee on its behalf and its right to protect itself from the former employee’s possible unfair appropriation of contacts developed while working for the employer.

Different rules of law apply to different types of restrictive covenants, and the laws vary from state to state. The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the statutes and published case law that governs the interpretation and enforcement of non-compete agreements and employment agreements.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney for a corporate employment agreement dispute, call Atlanta employment agreements lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Employment Discrimination and Harassment

If you need experienced, affordable representation for an employment discrimination and harassment claim, call Atlanta employment lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Franchisor Franchisee Disputes

Franchisor-franchisee disputes are often complicated, multi-jurisdictional, bet-the-company cases that require frank advice and the attention of experienced claims counsel.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited access to all the laws that govern the rights and responsibilities of franchisors and franchisees in interstate commerce.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney for a franchisor-franchisee matter, call Atlanta franchisor-franchisee disputes lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Insurance Coverage Claims

Insurance coverage issues are governed by the policy language and the applicable state laws, and it is virtually impossible to properly interpret the policy language without a clear understanding of the applicable state laws. The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the published laws that govern insurance coverage issues.

If you need an experienced, affordable, and independent attorney for an insurance coverage issue or dispute, call Atlanta insurance coverage claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Litigation

Corporate litigation has always been expensive, and electronic discovery can impose costs on corporate litigants that are truly staggering. For an article about the harsh realities of electronic discovery costs, see the Rand Corporation whitepaper on electronic discovery costs.

The Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the statutes, case law, and rules that govern corporate litigation in the United States.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney to represent your business in corporate litigation, call Atlanta litigation lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency free, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Mediation

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where the parties employ a neutral mediator to help the parties reach an amicable settlement of their dispute.

A mediation outcome is never binding unless the parties agree upon the outcome. However, mediation can be a mandatory pre-trial step in dispute resolution process, if the parties agreed to mediate in their contract, or if the court orders the parties to participate in a mediation.

Many courts have their own mediation programs. There are also several private companies that specialize in offering mediation services, such as Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, and Bay Mediation & Arbitration Service. There are also numerous attorneys in private practice who are excellent mediators.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney to represent your side in a business mediation, call Atlanta mediation lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Temporary Protective Orders

If you need an experienced, affordable temporary protective order attorney for a business dispute, call Atlanta temporary protective order lawyer James Copeland at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

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