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Margrave Celmins, P.C. Newsletter for December 2014

     The Conference Room  |  December 2014 Edition


It’s hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the end of 2014.  On behalf of all of us at Margrave Celmins, I would like to extend a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings to all of you, along with our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015.  We truly appreciate your support during the past year and wish all of you the best in the coming year.
I invite you to take a look at our revamped website at mclawfirm.com, which is also now available on mobile devices.
Michael Margrave

Michael Margrave

Michael recently purchased a 1941 Pontiac Torpedo Deluxe two-door business coupe with bright burgundy paint and a burgundy/grey interior (MC colors!). [Read More]



Mike Margrave recently returned from LawPact’s Fall Conference for member firms, which was held in Amsterdam this year. There were in attendance 32 representatives from 11 European firms along with 10 firms from the US... [Read More]


Michael Margrave recently visited Namibia where he vacationed on a private game ranch. Namibia, located in lower southwest Africa, has a varied territory, some of it not a great deal different than parts of Arizona. Click here for more details about his Namibia trip and some additional photos.

Rick photographed with Luis Gonzalez, the retired Arizona Diamondbacks star and World Series hero best remembered for hitting the game-winning single off of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 in the 2001 World Series.

Michael L. Kitchen

When entering into a commercial contract, one of the issues that should be addressed up front is whether or not to include an "arbitration" clause.  Typically, disputes that arise concerning the performance under a contract will be addressed, as with most other disputes, in court before a judge.  However, the law permits parties to “contract out” of their litigation rights, and permits them to agree to alternate forms of dispute resolution.  Perhaps the most common form of alternate dispute resolution is to have disputes arising under the contract to be resolved by one or more “arbitrators” instead of the courts.     
Arbitrators are typically professionals who have experience in the industry at issue, and who are appointed to decide the dispute. (For example, in a construction defect case, a registered contractor with appropriate expertise will typically act as arbitrator.)  The number of arbitrators is typically set in the contract, and usually numbers from one to three.  The parties will agree to submit disputes to arbitration by including an “arbitration clause” in their contract, which will specifically provide that any disputes relating to the contract will be resolved by arbitrators rather than by the courts.  The arbitration clause will typically include details concerning the arbitration procedures to be used, including which arbitration association will administer the arbitration.  A properly drafted arbitration clause is nearly always enforceable and, except under very limited circumstances, the existence of such an arbitration clause will result in the courts being unavailable relating to any disputes arising out of the contract.

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