Alternative Dispute Resolution
We believe that the best resolution of a dispute is often one controlled by the client, not by the court. That is why, whenever appropriate, we talk with our clients about Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR. Our trial attorneys represent clients in all sorts of ADR proceedings — arbitration, mediation, and evaluation. We use common sense and creativity to solve problems, and are known for our ability to suggest and fashion a resolution that meets the needs of all parties.
It is no coincidence, therefore, that several of our attorneys are frequently asked to act as “neutrals” to aid other parties in resolving disputes. Whether by appointment of the state and federal courts, or by the election of private parties and their representatives, these attorneys serve as arbitrators, mediators, special masters, evaluators, and counsel in collaborative law settings. All have received special training in various forms of ADR, and are committed to ensuring that the ADR process serves the specific needs of the parties involved.
Our ADR services include:
An arbitrator reviews the evidence submitted by the parties, decides the facts, and makes a binding decision. We frequently serve as arbitrators in all sorts of disputes, either solely or as a member of a panel.
A mediator assists the parties in discussing the issues and agreeing to a voluntary resolution of a dispute. We act as mediators in a wide variety of cases, whether pursuant to a court order or by an agreement of the parties.
The federal court and some state courts require that many cases undergo Early Neutral Evaluation to assist parties in coming to a voluntary agreement. Several of our attorneys have been appointed and trained by the federal court to act as evaluators and are frequently selected to do so in a broad range of litigation matters.
Collaborative (or cooperative) law is a process in which the parties focus on cooperative problem-solving. By sharing information and engaging in four-way meetings, the parties, with the help of their attorneys, find mutually acceptable resolutions to their issues in a safe environment. Several of our attorneys are specially trained and experienced in the tools and methods of collaborative law.