Alternative Dispute Resolution
We are highly skilled at settling cases prior to filing suit, and settling cases after suit is filed by means of mediation, arbitration, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution. Commitment to preparation is a key element of our professionalism and ability to facilitate the most favorable outcome for our clients as part of the dispute resolution process.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a means of efficiently resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. Rather than potential lengthy litigation, ADR focuses on customized, creative and satisfactory legal solutions through mediation, negotiation and arbitration. We appreciate the practical realities of ADR and the enormous potential to fashion creative solutions, serving as counsel in settlements ranging from small amounts to millions of dollars, depending on the matter.
The two most common forms of ADR include mediation and arbitration, after utilizing negotiation as the first attempt to resolve a dispute. Mediation allows each party to meet and control the process toward an eventual solution. Using mediators trained in negotiation, we bring parties together in an attempt to work out an agreement each can accept. Arbitration is often thought of as a simplified version of a trial involving discovery and rules of evidence. Arbitration can be either voluntary or mandatory; although mandatory arbitration can only come from a statute or a contract that is voluntarily entered into, where the parties agree to arbitrate any future disputes. Arbitration can be either binding or non-binding.
The bottom line is the culture at our firm allows us to bring the skills needed to effectively manage Alternative Dispute Resolution across a wide variety of matters and legal disputes.