Attorney Astor is an AV-rated lawyer with 33 years of experience in the areas of... more
Attorney Astor is an AV-rated lawyer with 33 years of experience in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal defense and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration). He serves clients throughout western Massachusetts and has offices in Springfield and Northampton. He has obtained more than 30 six-figure settlements and jury verdicts, and receives many of his... view profile
I am a partner at Egan, Flanagan Cohen, P.C. in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to... more
I am a partner at Egan, Flanagan Cohen, P.C. in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Egan Flanagan, I practiced in the Construction Litigation Practice Group at Pepe Hazard, LLP in Hartford, Connecticut for two years and, for the three years prior to that, as a general litigation associate at Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury Murphy, P.C. in Springfield. I am a native of Western Massachuse... view profile
When you want to settle a dispute without going to court, you may benefit from the services of an arbitration lawyer. In an arbitration setting, you and the other involved party select a neutral third person to serve as an arbitrator. Acting in the role of an informal judge, the arbitration lawyer listens to both sides of your dispute. Unlike a court proceeding, arbitration involves no formal procedural rules and gives you a chance to tell your story in your own words. After hearing the arguments, the arbitrator makes a final binding decision. The decision is legally enforceable if someone later tries to renege. The arbitration process is very similar to court litigation but is more casual, flexible, and private—and less expensive and time-consuming.