PLEASE NOTE: our office remains open and available to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis. We are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person or via telephone. Please call our office to discuss your options.
Contact us for free initial consultation
336-794-6194 800-266-4503
Main Menu

What is arbitration in business litigation?

Litigation in the business world can be exhausting and expensive, which is not good for business owners who just want to get on with their vital operations and special projects. Although civil court is always an option, there are other ways to sort out disputes, including arbitration.

  • What is arbitration?

Arbitration in North Carolina may be ordered by the court and consists of an informal trial over which a neutral official presides. It is often a less expensive option if litigation would otherwise lead to a trial, as the costs are lower, and the duration may mean fewer expenses as well.

  • What sort of cases get sent to arbitration?

Some counties with an arbitration program may automatically send any cases for damages claiming less than $25,000 for arbitration. Some counties may not have a program at all, which would mean parties would have to work out a settlement or go to trial.

  • What if parties in a case don't want to go to arbitration?

If both parties agree to forego arbitration, they can fill out a form and submit it to the court that ordered it. Otherwise, a judge may excuse one party unilaterally from it if one party files a motion with a good reason why arbitration should not apply to the case.

  • Can I have a lawyer during arbitration?

You are always entitled to an attorney to represent your interests in arbitration. Legal representation may be a good idea to help conclude arbitration or any form of business litigation with a result that works for you.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information


  • Dear Randy:
    We were all so impressed by your knowledge, thoroughness and presentation. You have done a wonderful job representing my son and we all are grateful for the diligence put forth.
    Mary G. Raleigh, NC
  • I wish it were under different circumstances that we met but at the same time so glad I did. You are awesome. Take care Randy.
    Jessalyn M. King, NC
  • Thank you Randy for everything you did to help us find a resolution.
    Mike C. Kernersville, NC.
  • I recommend the law offices of Randolph M. James. He and his associate kept me informed throughout my case and were very knowledgeable about the facts surrounding my situation. Because of their experience, they were able to guide me to the proper venue where the judiciary was qualified to deal with complex issues such as mine. Thus, we received a favorable outcome. Should I need legal counsel in the future, I would obtain the services of Randolph M. James again.
    Ray K. (Business owner/developer)
Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association Certified Mediator The National Trail Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers Angel Flight West

Winston-Salem Office
116 North Spruce Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Toll Free: 800-266-4503
Phone: 336-794-6194
Fax: 336-724-9722
Map & Directions

Oak Island Office
8821 East Oak Island Drive
Suite 1
Oak Island, NC 28465

Map & Directions

Review Us