We believe dispute resolution can be a positive, transformative experience for all involved. However, every conflict is unique and different services work best for resolving different types of conflicts.
Mediation – Mediation is a process in which two parties in conflict voluntarily negotiate a successful resolution under the guidance and facilitation of a neutral third party (the mediator). This process is consensual and only works when both disputing parties agree to engage in mediation to try to resolve their conflict. Mediation allows parties to decide the final outcome on their terms, rather than leaving the outcome to the courts. Mediation is normally much more cost effective and less stressful than litigation. Approximately 85% of all litigated disputes resolve themselves through mediation.
Advocacy – Sometimes it is more beneficial for clients to have a lawyer on their side, but one who is skilled and experienced in resolving disputes outside the courtroom. Advocacy is the representation of a client in a legal dispute by an attorney whose objective is to resolve the dispute outside the courtroom. This process is usually lengthier than mediation but often very successful in resolving disputes without litigation. Like mediation, the client retains control of the outcome of the dispute. Unlike mediation, a client is represented by an attorney, receives legal advice and counseling from the attorney and has all of the benefits of that relationship, including the attorney-client privilege and advocacy on the client’s behalf. This process is very useful if the other party in a dispute is not willing to work towards a resolution or engage in mediation.
Facilitation – Not every dispute is headed towards litigation or is even legal in nature. Often parties need assistance in resolving conflict or discussing issues. Nearly all businesses, individuals and entities can benefit from a neutral third party (the facilitator) keeping the conversation accountable, respectful, purposeful and focused. A facilitator is also useful in leading brainstorming efforts and helping parties focus on getting from their starting point to their finish line, whatever their goals may be. Facilitation is very useful in any setting, including resolving issues in the employment arena before they grow into major problems; focusing groups such as Boards or associations in their overall plans and objectives; working through crisis management; or even simply facilitating companies in developing their five-year plans. Facilitation is an excellent resource and investment in the health of an organization or relationships between individuals and employers/employees, and saves considerable time and money in keeping parties focused in their discussions and on their objectives.
• Real Estate
• Divorce (often involving significant business and/or real estate assets)