Lawyers in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group provide counseling to clients regarding the advisability of engaging in any of the various methods of dispute resolution alternative to standard litigation procedures. Members are fully trained in the alternative dispute resolution procedures and are often selected to serve as arbitrators, mediators and neutrals. Advantages to the use of ADR procedures are numerous and include the resolution of disputes in a private vs. public forum, and more informal proceedings and expedited conclusions of disputes. In most cases, this results in reduced legal fees and expenses as well.
Since arbitration, mediation and other procedures are increasingly being used to settle business disputes, the ADR practice group has developed related clauses for contracts and agreements, some standard, and some tailored to specific industries and situations. Joint ventures, franchise agreements, construction documents, and international transactions, among others, may well include ADR clauses.
Representative Areas of Practice
- Binding and Non-Binding Arbitration
- Case Evaluation
- Early Neutral Evaluation
- Neutral Fact-Finding
- Supervised Settlements