Alternative Dispute Resolution NeutralTraditional litigation can be risky, costly, time-consuming and a distraction from the important tasks of running your business. When appropriate, we recommend the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as an effective and efficient alternative to litigation for resolving disputes. The principal advantage of ADR is the flexibility its various methods offer to achieve resolutions not otherwise available through litigation. ADR also provides clients the additional advantages of a confidential setting in which to resolve a dispute, and a time frame to address issues that meets the needs of the parties, as opposed to deadlines imposed by courts. One of the firm’s lawyers, Mark A Peterson, is qualified to serve as a neutral decision maker in arbitration hearings, mediations and neutral evaluations, where he helps people resolve disputes without resorting to litigation. Attorney Peterson also serves as a court-appointed referee and does settlement administration.
Arbitration involves an independent and impartial third-party decision maker who can render a binding decision.
Mediation is a non-binding process whereby a third party endeavors to arrange, by assisting parties through the negotiation process, a settlement between competing parties.
Neutral evaluation is a settlement process in which the parties present summaries of their respective cases to a neutral evaluator. We often assist parties in moving toward resolution of their disputes by providing neutral evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective claims and facilitating a settlement analysis. We are able to do this based on our years of experience representing parties in a number of areas of law.
In state and federal court proceedings, a court-appointed neutral resolves discovery disputes or other litigation disputes for parties in litigation.
A court- or party-appointed neutral assists parties in structuring and implementing settlements and provides settlement monitoring and compliance oversight for parties and courts.