Consumer Alternative Dispute Resolution
Traditionally, legal disputes have been resolved in courtroom proceedings. Over the last several years, various forms of alternative dispute resolution have become popular with lawyers and their clients.
There are many types of alternative dispute resolution including both arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Mediation is a negotiation among the individuals or entities involved in a dispute, assisted by an impartial third party, known as a mediator. The purpose of a mediation is to resolve the matter by developing a mutually acceptable outcome for the parties. Success in a mediation is dependent on the parties reaching an agreement.
In an arbitration, the parties submit the facts and issues of a matter to an appointed neutral third party, known as an arbitrator, who acts as a private judge between the parties and issues a decision. Arbitration, unlike mediation, is legally binding for all of the parties involved and the arbitrator’s award is final, and enforceable in the courts. Simply put, arbitration is a substitute for a trial with a judge who is mutually appointed by the parties.
Alternative dispute resolution may:
• be much less expensive than traditional methods such as going to court;
• be a much faster way to resolve a matter; and
• be agreed by the parties to be a private matter rather than a public one in a state or federal court.
We offer an experienced and professionally trained mediator and arbitrator for any alternative dispute resolution needs.
Buzz Tarlow has been involved in the field of alternative dispute resolution for more than two decades as counsel to parties in mediations and arbitrations, and as both a mediator and an arbitrator in cases involving construction disputes, as well as business, real estate, employment, and personal injury cases.
Buzz is a member of the National Construction Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and is a part of the AAA National Roster of Mediators. In addition to completing training and maintaining continuing education requirements, he has also been an active speaker and author on dispute resolution topics.
The firm has two fully wired conference rooms that can accommodate small-to-medium sized groups for a variety of functions including mediations, arbitrations, and meetings. To learn more about our mediation and arbitration services, or the rental of our facilities please contact our ADR Coordinator Jenna Moseman at (406) 586-9714.