Alternative Dispute Resolution:
At Field Law, we recognize that disputes can often be most effectively addressed by a process other than litigation. We offer a full range of alternatives to the traditional litigation process to allow our clients the best opportunity to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently without unnecessary cost. The processes used to assist our clients include the following:
- Mediation - a flexible, confidential process in which a neutral party - the mediator - helps the parties work towards a resolution of their own choosing
- Arbitration - a confidential process in which a neutral party - the arbitrator - hears evidence under oath and makes a binding decision on the issues in dispute
- Judicial Dispute Resolution - a voluntary, confidential process in which a judge meets with the parties and their lawyers to assist them in resolving issues raised in a lawsuit, without the necessity of a formal trial
- Interest-based Negotiation - a style of negotiation that looks behind the legal issues on the surface and focuses on each party's underlying needs or "interests"
- Facilitation - a group decision-making process in which a facilitator encourages participation in discussion, helps balance discussion and keeps parties focused on the issue to be discussed or decided
- Neutral Evaluation - a process in which a neutral individual with particular expertise or experience reviews information provided by the parties and gives an opinion on the issue presented