Alternative Dispute Resolution

In addition to their workers' compensation and litigation practices, Luzuriaga Mims partners, Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga and Kevin W. Mims, are highly effective mediators. Many Circuit Court districts in South Carolina have mandatory pre-trial mediation. Additionally, the South Caroilna Workers' Compensation Commission has proposed Regulation 67-1802, which would make mediation mandatory in South Carolina Worker's Compensation claims arising under S.C. Code § 42-9-10, or claiming permanent and total disability pursuant to S.C. Code § 42-9-30(21), occupational disease cases, third-party lien reduction claims, contested death claims, mental/ mental injury claims, and cases of concurrent jurisdiction under the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. The litigation and mediation experience offered by the mediators at Luzuriaga Mims offers balance to assist you in resolving disputed matters whether mediation is required by our courts or voluntarily chosen by the parties.

As seasoned litigators experienced in mediation as advocates, Luzuriaga Mims mediators understand how cases are negotiated and the complex dynamic of client needs and wants. Kevin W. Mims has litigation experience, which allows him to offer you an effective and creative way to resolve your dispute no matter how complex.

Workers' Compensation, Longshore, and Defense Base Act Mediation

With over 25 years of experience in all stages of South Carolina workers' compensation cases, Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga is a tremendous asset to employers, carriers, and workers eager to resolve claims more efficiently and cost effectively through mediation. Additionally, Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga has been licensed in Georgia for over 20 years and has handled Georgia workers' compensation and Longshore claims.

Luzuriaga Mims has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report along with Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for 2013. The workers' compensation practice of the firm received a Tier 1 ranking. Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America every year since 2010. In 2012, Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga was named Best Lawyers of America Workers' Compensation Employer Defense attorney of the year. Additionally, Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga was selected for inclusion in American Registry's "Best South Carolina Lawyer" for 2013.

Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga is also a certified Circuit Court Mediator through the South Carolina Supreme Court's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. Certification formalized Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga's extensive experience and training as a mediator.

Elizabeth B. Luzuriaga has mediated every level of case from simple workers' compensation claims to complex brain damage as well as concurrent Longshore claims and claims arising under the Defense Base Act.