Mediation & Arbitration (ADR)
About Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be thought of as a more efficient litigation substitution. It can also be thought of as a way to settle disputes that allow the parties to reach what they consider a fair resolution. ADR also often helps businesses keep doing business with each other, despite having the dispute. ADR allows disputes to be settled amicably rather than with hostility. The bottom line is that ADR is a set of tools that allow disputes to be resolved without litigation.
Understanding Mediation & How It Can Help You
Mediation is an informal alternative to litigation that is often suggested by a party or is part of the dispute resolution process within an agreement. Mediation is a form of ADR in which a neutral third party, known as the mediator, facilitates communication and negotiations between the parties involved in a dispute in order to help guide them to a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation is about cooperation. The mediator does not decide the dispute; rather, he or she works with the parties to identify areas of possible agreement and explore possible solutions. In this way, the parties maintain control over the outcome of the mediation process. Mediation is generally shorter and less expensive than both litigation and arbitration.
Mediation can be a good option due to its flexible and collaborative approach to resolving disputes. Our attorneys will advise you as to the feasibility of utilizing mediation in your disagreement.
Arbitration is another type of informal trial substitution that is a bit more formal. It can be voluntary but is often required by way of a clause in a contract; for example, if you enter into a contract with a technology vendor, they often include a mandatory arbitration provision. Arbitration is a form of ADR in which a neutral, known as an arbitrator, hears evidence and arguments from both sides in a dispute and then renders a decision.
Arbitration can be binding, where the parties agree to accept the arbitrator’s decision as if it were a jury verdict, or non-binding, where either party can accept or reject the arbitrator’s decision.
Arbitration is usually private and can provide a more flexible, faster, and less expensive alternative to litigation. Our office can help you through the entire process.
Contact the Experienced Attorneys at the Law Office of Jenna F. Karadbil to Explore Your ADR Options
At the Law Office of Jenna F. Karadbil, P.C., Jenna believes in effective ADR and is skilled at finding innovative ways to settle disputes without going to trial. Contact us to explore your ADR options.