Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Using ADR or litigation is no longer an either/or proposition. Comprehensive representation of clients requires choosing from a whole continuum of procedures, often combining elements of both ADR and litigation. These include drafting ADR clauses into contracts, informal negotiations, formal mediation sessions, binding arbitration and, of course, litigation.
Even litigation can be modified with ADR elements, such as neutral fact-finding, moderated settlement conferences, mini-trials and summary jury trials.
We have welcomed these ADR tools as an indispensable part of our litigation practice, enabling us to design an approach in each case that results in the most timely and cost-effective solution to a given problem. We have successfully made use of every ADR format in a variety of subject matters. We have particular experience using ADR procedures in family business succession, commercial contracts, real estate, construction, employment, family law and education. In addition, a number of our attorneys are trained mediators or certified American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrators, serving as neutrals to resolve disputes brought to us by other attorneys.