Arbitration is an alternative to litigation where the parties agree upon the procedural rules that will govern the proceedings. The parties choose an arbitrator, who, like a judge, will hear the evidence and decide the issues. In complex cases there may be a panel of arbitrators that hear the case. The rules of evidence, and rules relating to discovery, are more flexible. The arbitration hearing is much like a trial but usually held in a conference room at the office of the arbitrator or one of the attorneys. In most cases, the arbitrator’s decision is final and appeal is very limited. Our lawyers have litigated arbitration cases and some of our lawyers have served as arbitrators.