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Arbitration & Mediation

A Practical & Efficient Solution for Complex Disputes

While necessary at times, litigation can be costly, complicated, and lengthy. If circumstances permit, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – including mediation and arbitration – offers a more practical and cost-effective pathway for resolving problems. Guidant attorneys bring creative solutions to the table, understand the intricacies of effective negotiation, and deftly navigate the legal and emotional sides of complex disputes, bringing swift resolution that all parties can agree upon. We have employed ADR tactics to successfully resolve numerous types of disputes, including:

  • Partnership disputes
  • Construction defect
  • Design defect
  • Real estate purchase
  • Breach of contract
  • Business disputes
  • Consumer fraud

Members of our team are specially trained in ADR and have representation at the American Arbitration Association.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is any means of resolving a conflict outside of litigation, including negotiation, arbitration, and mediation. Because of the time commitment and costs associated with litigation, ADR can offer a more affordable and efficient way to resolve disputes.

In this form of dispute settlement, the parties control the process, rules, and the solution, allowing them to decide what evidence is brought, which experts are consulted, and the foundations on which the final resolution will be based. Both mediation and arbitration are private – confidentiality may be very important to one or both parties involved in the dispute.

Arbitration is a formal process, following rules and procedures outlined by the parties to resolve the dispute at-hand. An arbitrator serves as a neutral third party agreed upon by both parties, who can offer expertise in the area that is the subject of the dispute. An arbitrator listens to both sides and makes a decision that is mutually binding to both parties.

Mediation is an informal process to resolve a dispute. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps both groups negotiate a resolution, often bringing expertise in the area that is the subject of the dispute. The parties are responsible for coming to a resolution – the mediator won’t make any legally binding decisions.