Mediation & Arbitration
Alternatives to litigation and trial are referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, and include mediation and arbitration. Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to parties in a lawsuit meeting with a neutral third party (a mediator) in an effort to settle a case. The mediator’s role is to assist the parties in reaching a decision.
The purpose of mediation is to avoid time and expense of pursuing further litigation by settling a lawsuit early on in the process. Mediation is not binding on the parties. There is no guarantee that mediation will produce a settlement agreement resolving a case. Most types of cases can be mediated.
Mediation is an informal process. Depending on the complexity of the issue, mediation may take several hours, days or longer. The length depends on the parties involved and their desire to resolve their dispute. The cost of mediation can be economical compared to the alternatives of trial and trial preparation.
It is important to hire an experienced, fair minded litigator to handle your dispute. The best mediator is someone familiar with the subject matter of your case who has the ability to navigate you through the process and guide you toward finding your own solution to the dispute.
Chris Kenney is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience litigating a wide variety of tort and contract claims before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, at mediation and arbitration. Chris has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in a diverse array of cases.