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Courtroom litigation can be expensive in both dollars and time. That’s why you need PREMi.


PREMi is comprised of seasoned conflict resolution experts, experienced in various resolution processes, and capable of intervening at any time during a dispute to assist and facilitate the parties toward resolution. We help resolve complex litigation matters involving a wide range of issues and parties, and our knowledge of the law behind the case – your case – increases the probability of resolving the dispute and substantially reducing the associated time and expense.

Unlike other ADR providers, PREMi doesn’t charge administration fees – you only pay for the expertise of our professionals.

When you need to resolve your dispute quickly, fairly, and economically, you need Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan – PREMi.

 

 


PREMi Spotlight

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What’s a Litigator To Do – The Vanishing Jury Trial and the Litigotiation Option

It was so easy when I embarked upon a litigation career in 1978. In that bygone era, many clients expected and demanded aggressive litigation tactics and there was no dearth of extremely talented trial lawyers ready and willing to satisfy the desires of these clients and it was not unusual for these litigators to take two or more cases to trial each year. Litigation budgets were still in the future; a cost-benefit analysis for continued litigation paled in importance to the principle that needed to be established at a trial; ADR was virtually unknown and, in any event, only for the “weak of heart”; and, trial courts had not yet been exposed to effective case management concepts, judicial “evidence-based practices” or staged and proportionate discovery.

Let us fast forward 40 years and explore the radically different environment. According to the most recent statistics from the Supreme Court Administrative Office (SCAO), in 2017 the bench and jury trial rate in the Michigan Circuit Courts was less than 1% in all classes of cases, over 50% of all cases were settled, and less than 10% dismissed by the trial court. Medical malpractice cases had the highest trial disposition rate at 5% while employment discrimination, business, products liability and breach of contract trials trailed far behind at 1%, 0.8%, 0.3% and 0.3% respectively. Read More