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The Advantages of Early Mediation of Physician Disputes

Thomas I. Elkind, Esq.
Thomas I. Elkind, Esq.
JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer


Many physicians practice as sole practitioners, as partners in a group or in other affiliations. When physicians buy, sell, join or leave these practices, or bring others into them, disputes can arise regarding the valuation of the practice, future relationships of the parties, and ownership, among other things. If these disputes cannot be resolved amicably by the physicians, the next step is usually for all parties to “lawyer up,” which often results in a “business divorce.” Most lawyers agree that ugly marital divorces are among the biggest wastes of time and money of any legal dispute. Business divorces are no different. Lawyers acting in the best interests of their clients will do anything they can to avoid getting their clients bogged down in litigating these disputes.

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