As one of the founding members of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, Todd Levine is certainly no stranger to the ins and outs of litigation but most people don’t know what exactly that is or what those kinds of attorneys do. Fortunately, Todd Levine recently discussed these issues in a new interview. As a litigation attorney, most people think Todd Levine spends the majority of his time in a courtroom but, in actuality, he prefers to resolve these issues out of court if at all possible. Litigation is often defined as an argument or dispute between two parties, often businesses or companies. Long before you ever see the inside of a courtroom, it is the role of the litigation attorney to form the best possible defense strategy for their clients to ensure victory.
Two of the most prominent forms of settling disputes outside of a courtroom are mediation and arbitration. He explained the difference between these two concepts. Mediation is often defined as a voluntary process wherein a neutral mediator helps two feuding parties to resolve their differences by coming up with a resolution that is acceptable to both of them. Arbitration, meanwhile, is when an arbitrator consents to hear both sides of an argument and renders a verdict based on what he/she thinks is fair. Of course, in a perfect world, everyone would be able to resolve their differences without going before a judge but, alas, that is not the world in which we live.
Mediation is typically a nonbinding process while arbitration can be either nonbinding or binding. Todd Levine is a litigation attorney based out of South Florida who graduated from the University of Florida in 1988 with a BSBA and in 1991 with a JD. He has over 25 years of experience in litigation.