Vedder Price

Alternative Dispute Resolution Vedder Service

With substantial dispute resolution experience, Vedder Price can help you pursue alternative avenues to costly litigation and obtain the best and most cost-effective settlements possible.


You can expect solid dispute resolution experience in many types of proceedings, along with creative, effective approaches and responsive service. Our objective is to work with you to devise and implement a strategic, reasoned approach tailored to your business needs, long-term objectives and cost expectations.


Extensive skills and experience in all types of proceedings. We have significant national experience in all of our U.S. offices resolving clients’ disputes in all forms of alternative dispute resolution proceedings—including court-mandated or annexed mediations, labor negotiations, arbitration proceedings, hearings before self-regulated industry tribunals, commercial settlements of all kinds and many other mechanisms—and include a number of American Arbitration Association licensed arbitrators in our construction, commercial litigation, securities and labor and employment practices.

From straightforward breach-of-contract claims to complex commercial class actions and multiparty construction cases, we have counseled clients and assisted in resolving disputes covering virtually every substantive area of the law, including:

  • Construction litigation
  • Environmental law
  • Financial institution litigation
  • Franchise/distributor/dealer litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Insurance litigation
  • Manufacturers’ liability and toxic tort litigation
  • Real estate and land use disputes
  • Securities litigation  

Creative dispute resolution approaches to complex challenges. Our attorneys have drafted contracts that apply an array of creative business resolution methods and techniques in order to avoid lengthy, costly and unproductive litigation or arbitration.

In addition, we have used a range of other unique dispute resolution techniques, from “high-low” mediations to special master proceedings in the federal courts, to produce awards for our clients of injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees. Our attorneys serve as neutrals on AAA cases and the Cook County panel for mechanics’ liens as well.

Skilled representation, delivered with efficiency in mind. We staff each matter with the minimum number of lawyers needed to achieve an effective, efficient and successful result. We support our attorneys and teams with the latest technology, enabling us to manage data cost effectively but also consistent with the rigorous requirements of state and federal procedural rules. Moreover, our substantial and broad-based transactional, regulatory and labor/employment practices enable us to call on other attorneys, as needed, when their particular experience is warranted.

Labor Arbitration, Mediation and Grievance Services

We handle labor arbitration matters ranging from simple questions of employee discipline to complex issues of contract interpretation involving substantial monetary exposure. In any scenario, we stress complete and thorough preparation, consistent with your cost considerations.

For the critical task of arbitrator selection, we use three proven vehicles for tracking labor arbitrator performance:

  • The Labor Arbitration Information System (LAIS) national database
  • Simpson’s multivolume Arbitrator Qualification Reports
  • Our own continuously updated evaluation files, which reflect our own attorneys’ experiences with specific arbitrators



We have handled virtually every type of dispute involving broker-dealers, and we routinely represent broker-dealers in federal and state court proceedings, enforcement actions, investigations, and arbitrations and mediations before FINRA, NYSE, the CBOE and the AAA. We defend charges of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, defamation, U-5 expungement, unsuitability, churning, negligence, failure to supervise, improper order executions, unauthorized trading, excessive commissions and markups, and over-concentration of investments.

Primary Contact(s)

James V. Garvey


Arlene N. Gelman


Daniel P. Jackson


Brian W. Ledebuhr


Randall M. Lending


Gregory G. Wrobel



Anthony J. Ashley


Nitya Bhardwaj


David Rownd


Rich H. Tilghman