Negotiation and Litigation Legal Panel Discussion

In early September, Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Hymes, Schreiber & Walden participated in a legal panel discussion put on by ProVisors regarding Negotiation and Litigation.

The seminar was held as a series of questions thrown out to the legal panel and consisted of discussion on the difference between mediation and arbitration:

Question: Is arbitration, once thought to be a panacea, really better or less expensive than litigation in court?

Answer:  Not really-retired judges who serve as arbitrators charge upwards of $10,000 per day, and there are associated administrative costs on top of that. Also, in a typical arbitration, you give up a lot of rights, such as the right to appeal. That means that should an arbitrator make a ruling that is legally wrong, you have no right to challenge that ruling. 

Topics that were also discussed included negotiating strategies in mediation.

To learn more about our legal services, please contact our business attorney in Woodland Hills at Hymes, Schreiber & Walden, LLP.

How to Avoid the Nightmare of Giving Up Business Ownership

Business Attorney in Los AngelesContinuing from our last post, Pitfalls of Giving Up Equity in a Business Venture, Ownership of your business is key. It is the symbol of your own hard work and passion, and security for the success of your future decisions. The more ownership you give up, the more you assume the responsibilities to other parties who can hold up your progress, especially if they have selfish or malicious intentions.

Don’t make life more complicated. It at all possible, avoid giving away ownership. To help you in this key strategy, here are some basic tips:

  1. Work with you attorney to develop a rock solid Buy-Sell Agreement that protects your interests and decision making capabilities.
  2. Include stock option plans, profit participation programs, bonuses, and incentive-based programs to mitigate equity grants.
  3. Evaluate key man insurance, disability policies, and other strategies that emphasize employee benefits without giving away ownership.

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Make Sure Your Agreements Are in Writing

Real Estate Attorney in Woodland HillsA recent California Court of Appeals decision once again demonstrated how important it is to always get your agreements in writing.  While the decision was in the context of a real estate broker’s claim for a commission, the basic principle can be applied to all agreements.

In its decision which was issued on December 1, 2016, the California Court of Appeal reiterated the long-standing rule in California that a real estate broker’s claim for commission is not enforceable unless the agreement to pay that commission is in writing.  In the case that was before the Court,  the buyers told their broker friend that they were looking for a home.  Being a good friend, he agreed to assist and represent them in their search for which he was to be paid a commission.  Being “friends”, they did not bother to put that agreement in writing.  The broker found a home for the Buyers and made two offers on  their behalf.  The Seller made counteroffers, at which point the Buyers then asked their attorney, also a broker, to assist them.  Their attorney then made an offer on their behalf for the same property, which was accepted.  When his claim for a commission was rejected, the original broker sued for his $925,000.00 commission. (more…)

Walking Away Equally Unhappy

Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
Venue: Calabasas Country Club
Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

Transcription:

There is something that I constantly heard over and over again from judges when you would be at a settlement conference. Every judge would give the lecture and I’m sure every lawyer who is in this room has been in front of a judge at some kind of settlement conference has heard it: (more…)

Business Disputes and Succession Planning

Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
Venue: Calabasas Country Club
Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

Transcription:

I come into the negotiation process typically in a slightly different situation. Mark is looking to build a relationship. By the time I usually get involved, I’m looking to get rid of a relationship, quite honestly:
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What To Do in a Heated Negotiation

Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
Venue: Calabasas Country Club
Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

Business Attorney Doug Schreiber of Anker, Hymes and Schreiber, LLP answers the question of what to do when things get heated in a negotiation.

Transcription:

Mediator: What do you do in a contentious situation? This sounds like everybody’s having a great time and you can figure out must haves, and you can walk away. What do you when it’s contentious?

Attorney Doug Schreiber: That happens a lot. You try to backup and find some form of agreement.   If it’s a situation where you are arguing over an amount of money, maybe you back away from the amount and talk potential about terms. (more…)

Be Willing to Walk Away in a Negotiation

Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
Venue: Calabasas Country Club
Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

Transcription:

Be willing to walk away. That sometimes is the most powerful tool in any negotiation. The ability and willingness to walk away.

Recently my law firm, settled a case where we had been at a mandatory settlement conference in front of a judge. He pounded on us and pounded on us to settle for an amount which was way above our bottom line.

What did we do? (more…)

Art of Negotiation: Starting and Pressure Points

Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
Venue: Calabasas Country Club
Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

Transcription:

Before you go into a negotiation you need to be prepared:

  • What are your needs?
  • What are your wants?
  • What are the other sides weaknesses or pressure points?

I focus a lot on #3.  Here is a great example: (more…)

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Protecting a business, property or personal wealth is an important consideration for many people. At Anker, Reed, Hymes, Schreiber and Cohen, A Law Corporation, we pride ourselves on being a different kind of law firm – one that measures success by its value to clients. Since 1974, our firm has provided business law, real estate, estate planning and litigation services to individuals, families and businesses throughout Southern California.

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