Updated Service Model
The practice and business of Alternative Dispute Resolution has changed substantially since Litigation Alternatives came onto the scene 30 years ago. Currently, prominent law firms now have special sections devoted to the practice. There are also a number of national ADR firms representing local neutrals and a number of single independent mediators who practice either locally or across the state.
Accordingly, and in light of these changes, Litigation Alternatives’ model of service has been altered so that we now represent and recruit Hearing Officer/Mediators and Arbitrators across the state who are listed under the headings and Our Mediators & Arbitrators.
Additionally, because we are committed to the concept of “mutual agreement” in the selection of Mediators or Arbitrators, we occasionally facilitate hearings for Hearing Officers not currently on this site. We will also assist parties who need to find a Hearing Officer who will fit the needs of a particular dispute, even if the matter is ultimately heard by one of our “competitors.”
As a final note, our services are streamlined and as cost effective as possible so that once all ground rules have been established, our experienced Case Administrators (Mary Ellen Bryan and Linda Zipfel) will process and schedule all cases as quickly as possible within the parameters of all parties’ schedules.
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In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, parties, their representatives or our Mediators and Arbitrators may not want to appear in person at hearings. In order to accommodate this, our Mediators and Arbitrators are proficient in the use of remote technology so that in such an instance, there will be an option to attend a hearing virtually.
Feedback we have received thus far has led us to conclude that while face-to-face hearings may be considered more desirable by some parties, the unpredictability of the pandemic makes venue flexibility for all participants an ideal way to address venue and attendance issues that may arise.
Litigation Alternatives has now made the transition to a virtual service model in addition to live hearings. Accordingly, our hearings will now be held at the office of the one of the parties or at a neutral site. Social distancing may be the order of the day along with masks as an option of each participant.
All communications are deemed confidential unless permission has been granted.
Meet our Mediation Team
Our Mediators & Arbitrators are highly skilled and experienced practitioners in the art of mediation, arbitration and facilitation. They have had stellar careers using Alternative Dispute Resolution as attorneys, judges and commissioners. They additionally all have solid reputations for integrity and ethical consistency. It should be noted that while the nature of being a professional Neutral comes with criticism, in their many years of practice, that rare criticism has always been related to case “outcomes” rather than any “real” ethical lapse.
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Additional information, particularly the identities of other parties involved in the litigation, can also be submitted via our Contact Form.