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After years of representing clients on both sides of the table in administrative hearings before state agencies and in litigation before the courts, as well as court mandated mediations, The DuBose Law Firm, LLC now offers dispute resolution services. Since 2014, the firm's Principal, Shakeba DuBose has served as an independent contractor hearing officer for various state and local agencies. In 2016, Ms. DuBose completed the American Health Law Associations Arbitration Training and has served as an arbitrator thereafter when selected by disputing parties utilizing AHLA's Dispute Resolution Service. As a hearing officer/examiner or arbitrator, Ms. DuBose conducts pre-hearing conferences, rules on pre-hearing motions, and presides over live or virtual hearings where parties present witness testimony and documentary evidence for consideration. Depending upon the particular agency, Ms. DuBose renders final decisions (both appealable and non-appealable) as well as reports and recommendations subject to approval, rejection, or modification by the agency. Since 2014, Ms. DuBose has been assigned over 200 administrative hearing and arbitration matters.
Mediation is a procedure in which the parties discuss their disputes with the assistance of a trained impartial third person who assists them in reaching a settlement. It may be an informal meeting among the parties before litigation ensues or a scheduled settlement conference ordered by a court. The mediator is a facilitator who has no power to render a resolution to the conflict. As the mediator moves the parties through the steps of the mediation process, the parties attempt to construct a solution, if at all possible.
Arbitration, is a private "judicial" proceeding that typically arises from the parties' contractual agreement that any disputes arising between the parties will be resolved outside of court. The arbitration hearing is held before a neutral third party or panel who renders a decision after both parties have presented witnesses, evidence, and any briefs or motions. Typically, arbitrator decisions, called the "arbitration award," are final and binding (non-appealable) unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
“Her case management has been well organized, and her control of the hearing process has been orderly and pleasant. She always treats attorneys, parties and witnesses with respect. I believe that Ms. DuBose is very experienced, imminently qualified and highly competent in her role as a Hearing Examiner. Likewise, although I usually lose my cases before Ms. DuBose, I have never questioned her impartiality and have found myself begrudgingly agreeing with her well-reasoned written opinions."
S. Brown, Columbus attorney with over 36 years of litigation experience