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Arbitration and mediation

For some disputes, a trial is the only way to resolve an issue. But every day, creative minds meet to resolve problems outside litigation, in all forms of dispute resolution alternatives, including negotiation, mediation and binding and non-binding arbitration.

In mediation, parties meet to craft a resolution they could not obtain from a court or in a trial by jury. The opportunity for creative or innovative resolution makes mediation the option of choice for many. Mediation is an especially effective method to settle disputes involving business or employment relationships, construction and benefit claims. Porter Wright attorneys have experience as both mediators and mediation advocates.

As advocates, our lawyers know the many advantages of mediation for our clients: party-control, speed, simplicity and cost effectiveness. They understand that mediation requires a different set of problem-solving skills than those used in litigation. Best of all, our attorneys effectively use these skills in mediation to avoid the uncertainties of litigation, especially the costly ones.

As neutrals, our mediators combine decades of successful problem-solving experience as trial attorneys and counselors with extensive training and experience serving as neutral mediators. Together with their training, experience, insight, knowledge and skill as practitioners, our attorney mediators facilitate dialogue among adversaries and help parties achieve cost-effective, efficient resolution.

Arbitration can be a cost-effective alternative to prolonged litigation and, most important, it can often be tailored to present the dispute between the parties in an expedited, efficient manner to an experienced and knowledgeable neutral. Porter Wright attorneys have considerable experience both in representing parties in arbitrations and serving as neutral arbitrators, which gives our attorneys the unique position of evaluating and handling arbitrations from this dual perspective. We have long-time arbitrators on the panels of the American Arbitration Association for commercial, construction and even international disputes.

Our attorneys have also had decades of experience trying cases in arbitration and serving as arbitrators or as past judicial and governmental neutrals. As arbitrators, our attorneys have the legal skill and practical judgment to make effective use of bifurcated proceedings, to balance the parties’ need for information with the arbitration goal of less discovery and to manage delay-causing tactics so that arbitration delivers on its promise of lower cost and efficient resolution of business disputes.