Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the general term which refers to procedures other than litigation which can be used to settle legal disputes. The cost, delay, publicity, and lack of control over the outcome of litigation can sometimes make it less desirable. Some of the more common alternatives to the traditional litigation process, all utilized by Giordano Spanier & Heckele alternative dispute resolution attorneys, includes mediation and arbitration. Opposing parties may utilize a particular ADR procedure by including a mandatory mediation and/or arbitration clause in their contract, or by agreeing to use one of these procedures after a dispute has arisen.
Mediation is a private, informal dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party—the mediator—meets with the parties both as a group and on an individual basis.
Arbitration typically is conducted by one person or by a three-person panel.
Using ADR procedures in business, commercial, insurance, and other disputes generally results in an expedited and more cost-effective process which may be more satisfactory to the parties than a traditional lawsuit. The parties often have input into the selection of the mediator or arbitrator and control over several aspects of the process, including the date, location, and related scheduling issues.
Giordano Spanier & Heckele attorneys have experience in both mediation and arbitration, and are able to participate effectively in any alternative dispute resolution procedure that a court may order or encourage, be it as counsel, mediator or arbitrator. CALL TODAY for a consultation: (520) 495-0869. Or email us at [email protected]