Mediation, Arbitration & Private Judging
About Our Firm
Meet Our Attorneys
Alabama Mediator & Arbitrator
Malone & Nelson offers expertise and efficiency in resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration and private judging. These methods offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation and also allow for creative solutions.
Since retiring from the bench, Chuck has focused his practice on providing mediation, arbitration and private judging services throughout the state of Alabama. He boasts extensive experience on the bench as both the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and as Circuit Judge, giving him the necessary knowledge, experience, and skills required to successfully mediate or arbitrate any dispute. He is highly-skilled as both a mediator and arbitrator, particularly in the areas of:
Employment and worker’s compensation
General commercial and contract disputes
Personal injury and wrongful death
Though not all criminal matters are suitable for mediation, minor misdemeanors such as assault, trespassing, destruction of property, harassment, and others can be successfully resolved through mediation. Criminal mediation offers the parties an opportunity to discuss the issues in a forum where a unique resolution can be achieved to the benefit of all involved. The prospect of a trial can cause anxiety for the offender and also the victim. Mediation provides an alternative to the uncertainty of the trial process. Chuck Malone has extensive experience on both sides of the bench in criminal matters and now offers criminal mediation services.
In 2012, the Alabama Legislature enacted the Alabama Private Judge Act, authorizing the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in a wide variety of district and circuit court cases. Having served on the bench for 13 years, Chuck Malone can offer private judging as a form of alternative dispute resolution. Parties can file a written petition with the Circuit Clerk of the Court in which the action is pending requesting a private judge in cases that are founded on domestic relations, contract, tort, or a combination of contract and tort issues.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does mediation work in domestic cases?
How does mediation work in civil cases?
How does mediation work in appellate cases?
Can we continue a mediation to a later date if the case isn’t resolved in the first session?
How much time should I allot for a mediation?
How should I select a mediator?
Where should a mediation take place?
Can mediation be forced in a case?
How should I prepare my client for a mediation?
How should I prepare as an attorney for a mediation?
What types of materials and information should I send to the mediator prior to the mediation?
Can a mediation agreement be changed?
What types of cases can mediation be successful in?
Why is mediation better than litigation?
Are mediation proceedings confidential?
What is the difference in mediation and arbitration?
How should I prepare my client for arbitration?
How should I prepare as an attorney for an arbitration?
Can an arbitration award be appealed or challenged?
Who attends arbitration?
Where should an arbitration take place?
When can arbitration be invoked?
The terms of the arbitration agreement between the parties will generally govern when arbitration should be invoked. There must be an agreement between the parties to arbitrate before arbitration can be invoked.