Debra Lynn Fein JD, MBA

Experienced Arbitration Counsel

"As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator, I have knowledge and experience with arbitration in various areas of the law, including, but not limited to, FINRA arbitration, AAA arbitration and general arbitration matters. I am the trusted choice to represent Homeowners in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and throughout the neighboring communities." — Attorney Debra Lynn Fein, JD, MBA; Fein Law, LLC

The Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation

Although arbitration and mediation are considered Alternative Dispute Resolution because both provide an alternative to court, a common misconception is that arbitration and mediation are similar. Arbitration is a process whereby the parties present their cases before a disinterested individual who will render a judgment based upon the evidence presented, the arbitrator: Mediation is a process whereby the parties negotiate a settlement, without presenting a case or defense, with the help of a third-party neutral, the mediator. Many judges will order the parties to go through mediation before trial in the hopes of facilitating a pretrial settlement, but arbitration is only available in certain instances.

It is imperative that the lawyer representing a party to an arbitration action understands the arbitration process. Knowing when the decision of the arbitrator is final is key to preserving a favorable outcome or seeking to overturn an unfavorable decision. Debra Lynn Fein, as an attorney who is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator, knows the ins and outs of arbitration and will protect her client's interests.

Understanding Arbitration in Condominium Law

The arbitration process starts with the filing of a complaint in the proper venue. Although arbitration under the Condominium Act is nonbinding arbitration, the decision of the arbitrator "shall be final unless the parties agree otherwise." It is essential to the success of the arbitration that an Owner hires a lawyer who understands this since lawyers who represent Associations are quite adept at the process.

Knowledgeable Advice Is Key to Your Success

An Owner is not required by law to be represented by an attorney in arbitration. However, once the Owner makes the decision to hire an attorney, the Owner should choose an attorney who has a detailed understanding of the arbitration process, the court process and how these two processes interact.

As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator, Fort Lauderdale Attorney Debra Lynn Fein understands how arbitration works. As an attorney with litigation experience, Debra Lynn Fein, JD, MBA, understands how to move a case from arbitration to court. Most importantly, Attorney Debra Lynn Fein knows how to protect a favorable arbitration decision from being disturbed. Schedule a initial consultation by calling Fein Law, LLC at 954-533-0825. You can also reach her via email.