Alternative Dispute Resolution
Deeply familiar with negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, our litigators know when alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a better option for a client.
Our team of skilled negotiators rigorously prepare for every matter to ensure that they are ready to meet the challenge brought by the other side. We work with clients to prioritize what matters to them and establish a clear understanding of what is acceptable and what is not.
Negotiation is the least formal of the ADR options and generally assumes that both parties are operating in good faith. The process will not damage the relationship between the parties and the result will provide a sense of fairness.
Mediation involves a neutral third-party tasked with helping parties reach an agreement within a dispute. In some jurisdictions, mediation is mandatory for lawsuits brought before the Superior Court of Justice. In other words, the courts want parties to work out their problems outside of court.
Although not as structured as litigation, arbitration is a formal alternative to court wherein a neutral third-party acts almost like a judge and determines a binding outcome in your matter. Both parties must sign an arbitration agreement beforehand which waives their rights to court. Often, arbitration is preferred to litigation due to its privacy which keeps a company’s business out of the public spotlight.