In mediation, a neutral third party (called the "mediator") facilitates a discussion between the parties and their attorneys, and keeps them focused on options to resolve any and all disputes. Initially, the parties meet together with the neutral to discuss each party's perspective of the disputes. The neutral assists in settlement communications and negotiations, often meeting with the parties separately and privately, but each party always retains the decision-making power. Any resolution comes from the parties and, therefore, that resolution, however cleverly crafted, must meet their needs and interests. Mediation produces a voluntary win-win solution. The parties are free to pursue litigation if their case is not resolved in mediation.
In arbitration, a neutral third party (called the "arbitrator") conducts an informal trial or hearing in which the parties and their attorneys present written and oral evidence. The rules of evidence can be relaxed, allowing the parties more freedom in presenting their positions and expressing their perspectives. After the hearing, the arbitrator renders a decision. If requested, the decision will include an opinion which will enable the parties to understand the reasons for the decision and, therefore, to accept it as a resolution of the dispute. When the parties have agreed to "binding arbitration," the arbitrator's decision is final and binding and can be enforced through the courts. When the parties have agreed to "non-binding arbitration," often done in order to learn what decision might be the outcome if a court decision is later rendered, the arbitrator's decision usually will lead to a settlement agreement without further litigation.
Our network of registered neutrals are here when it is convenient for your clients and for you. We are available when you need us most, including evenings, 6 days each week. We settle cases, even the most difficult cases.
Terms & Conditions
o Hourly rate is $240/hour
o 2 hour minimum
o $240 cancellation fee if cancelled within 48 hours
o Payment due upon conclusion or the attorneys must pay within 10 days
o No charge for travel within Metro Atlanta