Good lawyers know that mediation isn’t just a court-ordered hoop to jump through on the way to trial – it is often the most productive way for a client to resolve a dispute without the expense and uncertainty of litigation. Choosing the right mediator for your matter can play a significant role in whether attorneys can achieve a negotiated resolution.
Collaborative law is a wholly voluntary, highly structured form of dispute resolution. Collaborative law has been around for decades for family law matters, but is only recently being used for employment, business and other civil disputes.
While it is not the right fit for every dispute, collaborative law can be an efficient and effective option when maintaining the parties’ relationships is a priority—business and employment disputes between partners or owners of closely-held companies; disputes between family or friends; or disputes with a vendor or customer with whom you hope to have an ongoing relationship. Collaborative law can be a cost-effective framework for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes without permanently damaging personal and professional relationships.