I have been a Business Mediator, Arbitrator, and Litigator, as well as ADR Law Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Speaker for decades. NOTE: I have retired from the practice of law, and no longer represent clients as their advocate. I remain a semi-retired neutral business arbitrator and mediator.
Most entrepreneurs, professionals (including lawyers), and business managers and owners lack true and complete knowledge about Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). I hope to educate and enlighten them regarding the advantages of ADR and avoiding more costly court litigation proceedings. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you and to debunk some of the inaccurate myths that seem to re-circulate, based on misinformation, old information, or lack of information about the realities of ADR. I also can tell you about the particular situations where – in contrast – court litigation may be preferable to ADR or even necessary; one size does not fit all in the realm of business dispute resolution.
ADR allows parties to take more control over, and often customize the resolution of, their disputes instead of simply having an unwelcome adjudication forced on them by a judge who is constrained more mechanically to apply limited facts to the law, rather than take a flexible and targeted approach. ADR is usually cheaper, faster, less disruptive, and more beneficial to the parties overall. Disputing parties who utilize ADR usually come out more satisfied with the end result than do those who litigate in court.
I spend the bulk of my time these days as a Business-to-Business Arbitrator and Mediator, and the rest of my time as a Trainer of arbitrators and mediators, and no longer practice as a business dispute lawyer concentrating in B2B ADR Law.
I encourage lawyers and their clients to learn more about business ADR, and not just resort to the governmental default option of court litigation, simply because that's all your lawyer knows about.