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About Tony Pletcher
Tony Pletcher was born in Perryton, Texas on July 15, 1950. He graduated from the University of Houston (BA, 1972) and St. Maryʼs School of Law (JD, 1975).
Licenses: State Bar of Texas (#16069800), State Bar of Tennessee
(#25860); United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Claims, US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, US District Courts of Texas, (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western) (Federal Bar #2842).
Frequently Asked Questions
How does business mediation work?
Business mediation brings together the two or more parties involved in the dispute to discuss potential outcomes and determine which of these outcomes will be most satisfactory to everyone involved. The mediator is a neutral third-party who oversees the discussion and keeps things moving forward. Business mediation is beneficial because it puts those involved in the dispute in control of the outcome and allows them to find a resolution that is customized to the situation.
What are the best ways to settle business disputes outside of court?
Disputes are common in business and unfortunately, many of them must be resolved in the courtroom. There is a better option. Settling business dispute using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods offers a variety of benefits. It can be less expensive and less time-consuming than litigation. It allows parties to custom-design resolutions that are suited to their specific circumstances. And perhaps most importantly, it makes it possible to preserve mutually beneficial business relationships.
What is the difference between mediation and arbitration for business disputes?
Mediation and arbitration are both forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that enable businesses to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. However, despite offering the opportunity to avoid litigation, the processes of mediation and arbitration are different. The primary difference is in the role of the third-party. In arbitration, a neutral arbitration levies a decision that is more often than not legally binding. In mediation, the disputing parties create the resolution and the mediator has no ruling power.
What are the benefits of business mediation?
Business mediation offers several benefits. In most cases, it is less expensive than litigation. It takes less time and is a more efficient process. In some cases, disputes can be resolved in just a single day. Mediation is less formal and more flexible than arbitration and litigation, and allows parties to create custom solutions that are tailored to their unique circumstance. Finally, mediation is communicationbased and increases the odds disputing parties will resolve their difference in a mutually satisfactory manner and be able to continue their business relationship moving forward.
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