Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the term utilized to refer to several procedures for settling legal disputes by means other than litigation. At Giordano & Heckele, we know that in many cases litigation may be less desirable because of the cost, delay, publicity, and lack of control over the outcome. Some of the more common alternatives to the traditional litigation process, all utilized by Giordano & Heckele alternative dispute resolution (ADR) attorneys, includes mediation and arbitration. The parties may utilize a particular alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedure by including a mandatory mediation and/or arbitration clause in their contract, or by agreeing to use one of these procedures after a dispute has arisen.

Mediation is a private, informal dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party—the mediator—meets with the parties both as a group and on an individual basis.

Arbitration typically is conducted by one person or by a three-person panel.

The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in business, commercial, insurance, and other disputes generally results in a more expeditious and less expensive process which may be more satisfactory to the parties than a traditional lawsuit. The parties often have input into the selection of the mediator or arbitrator and control over the process, including the date, location, and related scheduling issues.

Our attorneys have experience in mediation and arbitration, and are able to participate effectively in any alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedure that a court may order or encourage, be it as counsel or as a mediator or arbitrator. CALL TODAY for a consultation: (520) 352-0008. Or email us at [email protected]