ADR, alternative dispute resolution, is our way of resolving disputes, by using two different techniques; Mediation or Arbitration. Both are extremely effective in keeping disputes out of court. I have provided two sections of this web site explaining the pros and cons of both techniques.
Both state and Federal courts are extremely busy places. It takes two to three years or more, to get a case through state court, and about half as long to go through federal court. The process is expensive in either court.
Those of us who practice mediation and arbitration; most of which are attorneys, have a saying; don't litigate if you can mediate or arbitrate. Either; especially mediation, are more cost effective and faster.
As an attorney, I love trials. Unfortunately, only about 2% of all cases actiually go to trial. The courts promote mediation, and in many cases require mediation before you can go to trial. Approximately 85% of those cases are settled in mediation.
I have practiced law for 30 years and been a mediator for 20 years.