Mediation & Arbitration
Disputes are sometimes unavoidable. Costly and time-consuming litigation is not the only way to resolve them. Mediation is a cost-effective option in which a neutral intermediary helps parties in conflict explore settlement possibilities. In mediation, each side retains the ability to determine the outcome for themselves. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong, or how much money should be paid to settle the case. The parties are empowered to make these determinations for themselves, and can always opt to go to court if settlement cannot be reached in mediation.
Arbitration is more formal than mediation, and is like a private trial in which an arbitrator, rather than a judge or jury, decides who wins or loses. Arbitration is usually less expensive than litigation, and resolution is usually reached in weeks or months, rather than the years it can take in litigation. I have extensive training and experience as both a mediator and an arbitrator, and can also represent parties as an advocate in mediation and arbitration matters.
I evolved into an evangelist for alternative dispute resolution during many years as a litigator and in-house counsel. In these roles, I witnessed firsthand the time, expense and emotional toll litigation takes on everyone involved, win or lose. To learn more about mediation or arbitration, reach out to me on my contact page. These alternatives can be used to resolve a wide variety of disputes. While I typically handle business disputes, such as claims for non-payment between a contractor and client, or disagreements between business partners, I have also mediated disagreements among siblings over how to care for their aging parents and disagreements between neighbors over noise and other nuisances. I do not typically mediate divorce or parenting matters. As my own childhood (and adulthood) was deeply impacted by my parents' bitter and contentious divorce, I sometimes find it challenging to maintain my neutrality in divorce and parenting cases. These early experiences of deep conflict inform my drive to help people resolve their disputes and move forward productively.
Please note that when I am serving as your mediator or arbitrator, no attorney-client relationship is created, and I cannot provide legal advice to either side of the dispute. I can serve as the attorney for either side of a dispute where the matter is before another mediator or arbitrator. I look forward to helping you navigate your options either way.