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See You in Court! . . . or Not – Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation: A Review of Dispute Resolution Processes

January 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

$35 – $50

See You in Court! . . . or Not

Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation: A Review of Dispute Resolution Processes


January 28, 2020 / 8:00 am – 9:30 am


Seminar Description:

In this seminar, construction attorney Michael Metz-Topodas will review common dispute resolution processes for construction project matters and explains the benefits, drawbacks, and strategies for each. He will provide the necessary background to determine the optimal dispute resolution procedure for a project, to develop strategies for prevailing in your case, and to assess risks and interest for negotiation and settlement.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Recognize and explain the differences between litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • Understand the strategies for using different dispute resolution procedures
  • Decide the best dispute resolution procedure for a particular contract, if any
  • Incorporate an appropriate dispute resolution clause into a project contract
  • Make effective negotiation decisions in a mediation
  • Prepare to testify at an arbitration or litigation
  • Assess the business interests involved in settlement or continued litigation

Who Should Attend:

Owners, C-Level Executives, General Counsel, Regional Directors, Project Managers will benefit from this seminar.

Topics Covered:

  • Advantages, disadvantages, and strategies for using mediation, arbitration, and litigation
  • Contractual language for dispute resolution provisions
  • The mediation process – mediator selection, document exchange, statements, mediation, negotiation/settlement
  • The arbitration process – arbitrator composition and selection, document production and depositions, briefing and motions, testimony, decision
  • The litigation process – venue, complaint, discovery, dispositive motions, trial, judgment
  • Winning strategies for each type of dispute resolution process
  • Assessing costs, likely outcomes, and business interests throughout the process


Michael Metz-Topodas, Esq., Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, focuses his practice on both construction and commercial litigation. He handles a range of matters in his construction litigation practice, including delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, bond claims and mechanics liens, and differing site conditions cases. He also defends clients in commercial disputes involving corporate ownership and shareholders’ rights, insurance coverage issues, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims.

Michael has substantial experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, case assessment, pleadings, written discovery, document production, taking and defending depositions, briefing and oral argument for substantive and procedural motions, mediations and settlements, trial and arbitration advocacy, and post-arbitration proceedings. He frequently handles appealing trial court decisions in both federal and state court. Michael’s litigation practice also includes advising clients on e-discovery issues, such as preservation, collection, production, and protective orders, with a focus on using cost-effective methods to comply with discovery obligations.

Preferred registration date: January 21, 2020

Price includes:

If you must cancel for any reason, please contact us immediately. Cancellations received less than 7 days of the start of class cannot be refunded; substitutions are permitted.

ABC Members may select the option to be invoiced. Non-members will need to please pay at time of registration either via credit card payment online or by calling Michele at the Chapter office: (717) 653-8106.

EIN: 23-1618254 – Contributions or gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, payments may be deductible by members as an ordinary, necessary business expense. See your accountant for details.

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January 28
8:00 am - 9:30 am
$35 – $50
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Michele Cook


ABC Keystone
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Manheim, PA 17545 United States
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