At O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., our reputation for trying and winning cases has enabled us to successfully conclude negotiated settlements in pending and threatened litigation and to facilitate the resolution of disputes in situations where the future of important business relationships are at stake. Arbitration and mediation are two examples of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approaches we employ. In the right case, these ADR techniques offer less expensive and more efficient alternatives to the litigation process.
Arbitration allows the parties involved in a dispute to seek a resolution to their problem in a structured, but private setting that resembles litigation and offers essentially the same finality, but ordinarily at a significantly quickened pace. The parties may choose to follow the procedures of the American Arbitration Association or other business or trade associations, or devise their own protocol and procedures. Our attorneys have extensive experience in arbitrations involving corporate and contract disputes, insurance coverage, securities claims, construction disputes, employment and labor claims, and family law. We provide a full range of services, including drafting of dispute resolution agreements, formulation of arbitration rules, evidentiary and legal submissions, and enforcement of arbitration awards.
Mediation is a process where an impartial person, sometimes referred to as a third-party neutral, facilitates a negotiation between the parties involved in a dispute. Mediators meet separately with the parties and counsel and assist them in arriving at compromise solutions. This process can often help the parties involved in a dispute to move toward resolution in situations where emotions are running high, where negotiations have broken down, where one party or another’s expectations are unrealistic, or where future conflicts can be prevented.