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John Amabile (from left) Melanie Dubis and Robert Osborne from Parker Poe, Atlanta. (Courtesy photos) John Amabile (from left) Melanie Dubis and Robert Osborne from Parker Poe. (Courtesy photos)

The understatement of the year is that 2020 will change the way we practice law, both short term and long term. COVID-19 essentially shut down commerce for months. Declarations of judicial emergencies had a particular influence on litigation, halting cases in state courts and impacting how business is done in federal courts. Litigators were forced to become comfortable with remote depositions and video court hearings. In short, how lawyers and clients both approach the resolution of disputes has been interfered with beyond imagination. These changes require parties and attorneys to creatively work together to find alternative methods of resolving disputes.

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