Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a term for processes that can be used to settle or resolve a claim, lawsuit or other dispute. The primary forms of ADR are mediation and arbitration.
In a mediation, a mediator works with the parties to attempt to reach an amicable resolution of their differences. The mediator has no power or authority to make a binding decision or otherwise compel settlement. However, an experienced and skilled mediator can substantially improve the opportunities for settlement.
In arbitration, an arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators is charged with hearing evidence and making a determination that is usually binding on the parties. In essence, the arbitrator takes the place of judge and jury.
We are experienced in all forms of ADR. Our firm boasts attorneys experienced and skilled in serving as both mediators and arbitrators, as well as attorneys skilled at using dispute resolution strategically to our clients’ advantage. We serve as client advocates, where we handle negotiations, mediations and arbitrations, and provide clients with ADR advice; our services also include early case assessments and guidance regarding how best to resolve disputes. In addition, we negotiate, draft and enforce ADR clauses, design conflict management systems for businesses, and provide educational instruction and training regarding the use of ADR. Our ADR strategies and practices enable our clients to achieve results that further their business goals, reduce expense and delay in resolving disputes, and avoid distractions to management that prevent them from focusing on their businesses. Our cross-disciplinary ADR practice group includes lawyers with deep experience in litigation, banking and financial services, corporate law, contract law, insurance law, and employment law.