As one of the Southeast's most respected and accomplished trial and appellate advocates, Mr. Vaka has expanded his practice to include mediation services to assist parties to achieve a desirable voluntary resolution to their legal dispute.
Whether a complex dispute calls for mediation, another form of alternative dispute resolution or a comprehensive negotiation strategy, Vaka Mediation is preeminent in assisting parties achieve an effective resolution and preventing years of protracted, expensive and uncertain litigation.
Mr. Vaka has had extensive experience advocating both for and against Fortune 500 corporations, national and international insurance companies, syndicates and trained professionals in almost every licensed profession. These experiences provide him with a uniquely insightful perspective on conflict and its resolution from the viewpoint of the corporate powerful and the seemingly helpless. Mr. Vaka is well known and respected for his insight in evaluating legal disputes and analyzing the many implications of different settlement options and continued litigation.
Serving as a neutral mediator, Mr. Vaka skillfully blends legal innovation with considerable experience in complex and, often, novel legal matters, to facilitate fair resolutions of even the most complicated disputes. In all mediation and advocacy matters, Mr. Vaka brings to the table his devout work ethic, positive attitude, passion, integrity and various other attributes that have earned him numerous state and national accolades from his peers for decades.
A few examples of Mr. Vaka's complex litigation experiences include:
- Automobile and Tire Design and Manufacturing – Ford, Bridgestone and Firestone
- Contraceptive Devices (Dalkon Shield) – A.H. Robins
- Implanted Medical Devices (Heart Valves and Breast Implants) - Pfizer and Bristol Myers Squibb
- Chemical and Pesticide Exposures (Benlate) - DuPont and Orkin Exterminating Company
- Tobacco and Florida Engle Progeny Cases
- Heavy Equipment and Manufacturing - Caterpillar
- Aviation – Delta Airlines
- Corporate Counsel – New York Yankees
- Catastrophic Injury – Federal Express
- Medical Malpractice – Mayo Clinic
- Products Liability – White Consolidated Industries
Vaka Mediation’s insight, experience and well-earned credibility helps parties respectfully communicate their respective positions, creates opportunities for thoughtful analysis of the dispute and, ultimately, assists the parties in the discovery of resolution strategies that result in imaginative or unconventional solutions others may have believed unachievable.
Vaka Mediation is especially well-suited to assist parties involved in complex litigation or potential litigation in the following niche areas:
- Appellate Mediation
- Multi-Party Litigation
- Class Action
- Construction Litigation
- Liability Insurance and Bonds
- Professional Liability (Architects, Engineers, Geologists, Hydrologists, etc.)
- Construction Defects
- Inter-Carrier Disputes
- Insured-Carrier Disputes
- Insurance Coverage
- Bad Faith and Claims Handling
- Professional Liability
- Products Liability
- MDL Litigation
- Toxic Tort and Mass Tort Liability
CREATIVE SETTLEMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Mr. Vaka has been especially effective in developing strategies and procedures in litigation, involving both current and future claims, to achieve a comprehensive resolution that benefits all parties. The ultimate success of any settlement depends on the structure - including the legal "vehicles" employed, the financial payment terms, and the criteria and systems for allocating and distributing settlement proceeds.
From cases that affect only a few, to the largest, most complex disputes of our time, Mr. Vaka’s expertise and reputation redefine the standard practice of law and consistently assists the parties to bridge the gap with creative, imaginative and thoughtful suggestions that help the parties reach a satisfactory resolution to their dispute. Time and again, he is able to help the parties achieve sophisticated settlements that are in every party's best interests, thus eliminating the need for costly, protracted and uncertain litigation; whether the concepts involve structured settlements, the fair allocation of settlement proceeds among multiple claimants, eligibility criteria for claimant compensation or other settlement terms and conditions.
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