Board Certified Mediator

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina

WILLIAM McBEE SMITH: MEDIATOR

William McBee Smith is a Board Certified Circuit Court Mediator in South Carolina. With the explosion and escalating cost of modern litigation, civil mediation is a cost effective alternative to resolving expensive and complicated legal disputes. The mediation process is substantially cheaper, quicker, and less stressful to the parties than traditional litigation. The parties start the mediation process by selecting an independent and neutral mediator. Often, the parties and their attorneys will go through a list of qualified mediators before settling on a particular mediator that both sides feel is neutral and best suited to the particular case to assist the parties. The role of a mediator is not to act as a judge or arbiter to decide the outcome of the case. The mediator decides no issues. Rather, the role of a mediator is to assist and facilitate the parties in deciding the outcome of the case. Typically, the parties will meet at a neutral location or office that has multiple conference rooms. The parties will often start out together in one conference room where the mediator will introduce the mediation process to the parties. Typically, the attorneys will present an opening argument for their clients, discussing the evidence, exhibits and testimony develop in discovery. Initial settlement demands and terms may be discussed. The parties often adjourn to different conference rooms while the mediator meets separately with the parties to assist in evaluating the case and options for reaching settlement. The mediation process often results in both sides reaching settlement terms that are preferable to the unpredictable outcome of a jury trial or bench trial.

Business & Commercial Contract Litigation

Business litigation is often a complex area of law which includes a variety of contractual and tort claims.  Common in business litigation involves breach of contract, interference with contractual relations, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, infringement of intellectual property rights, and unfair competition.  Any one of these type claims may arise among business partners in a partnership or between competing businesses or in the formation or dissolution of the corporation.  When such controversies develop, parties often try to resolve their differences through negotiation, mediation or arbitration often referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  When such cases cannot be resolved by ADR, filing suit in state or federal court is often a final option to resolve the disputes.

To learn more read our Business & Commercial Contract Litigation information located in our Practice Areas section of our website.