Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has become an essential component of any legal dispute in State or Federal Court. ADR processes offer litigants the opportunity to resolve their disputes without waiting for a judicial resolution, jury trial or appeal. Ever increasing numbers of parties are choosing to resolve their legal disputes outside the courtroom through mediation or arbitration. All of ADD&G’s litigation attorneys have extensive experience in representing clients in mediation and arbitration.
Brian Gilchrist is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator and has been selected to the panel of qualified mediators in both the Middle and Southern District Federal Court. Ava Doppelt has qualified as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. All of ADD&G attorneys are available to act as private arbitrators by agreement of the parties.
To become certified as a Mediator, one must have extensive training in the skills of negotiation and conflict resolution and have hands-on experience as a Mediator. ADD&G mediators can help parties settle their differences before or during a lawsuit. Through mediation, the parties can agree to settle their dispute, saving time and money. A voluntary or Court-Ordered mediation allows the parties to structure agreements that cannot be ordered by a Court or obtained through a lawsuit.
In contrast to mediation, which the parties mutually agree to a resolution, parties can ask a neutral third party decide the issues and enter an arbitration award which is binding on the parties. Arbitration often is more efficient than a Court proceeding and can be conducted in private. ADD&G has attorneys who have been trained in the skills of arbitration and recognized by inclusion on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals for Arbitration. Attorneys and the parties have trusted ADD&G arbitrators to decide their disputes.
Often times, due to the unpredictable nature of complex disputes, alternative means of resolution is the best solution. Our professionals have extensive experience in representing clients in mediation and arbitration.
Also, several of our lawyers are certified as mediators and/or arbitrators. As a mediator, we act as third party neutrals to assist parties in reaching a resolution of a dispute without the expense and uncertainty of trial. As arbitrators, we can act as private judges to decide disputes. Our depth of knowledge and experience on both sides at the table make us uniquely qualified in the area of alternative dispute resolution.