At the Law Office of Keith Short we frequently file AR cases for car accidents, premises liability accidents and other injury litigation where the total damages in dispute is less than $50,000.00.  Arbitration (AR) cases are less financially costly to litigate and frequently resolve the case in less than 6 to 7 months rather than the 2 or 3 years it normally takes to get a case to a full trial.  An AR case is first heard by a panel of three lawyers who act as arbitrators empowered to enter an award for either the plaintiff or defendant.  The parties have a right to accept or reject the awards within 20 days of receiving the decision.  Over 90% of all awards are accepted by one of the parties.  If either side decides to reject the award then the case goes to a full jury trial.


We’ve only ever lost one AR case…and that’s because the client failed to show up for trial.  If you want serious, aggressive representation for your car accident or personal injury case then call the Law Office of Keith Short…and show up for court!


About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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