Wherever possible, we encourage our clients to mediate or arbitrate their dispute. These forms of alternative dispute resolution are faster, private, and more economical than going to court.
Mediation involves a third-party mediator who does not judge the case but helps to facilitate discussion and eventual resolution of the dispute. Mediation is a non-binding process, whereas arbitration results in a binding decision.
Arbitration involves a third-party arbitrator who hears the evidence and makes a binding decision. Think of arbitration as a mini-trial-with as few or as many of the procedural aspects of a trial as the parties desire.