Not every matter needs to go to court. Going to court (“litigation”) is expensive, time consuming, and can be unpredictable. Litigated matters tend to take a long time to get resolved, increasing uncertainty and anxiety for the parties.

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.