Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Firms

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Christian & Small LLP Birmingham Alabama
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix Arizona
Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A. Little Rock Arkansas
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno California
Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP Sacramento California
Ferris & Britton, A Professional Corporation San Diego California
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC San Diego California
Brydon Hugo & Parker San Francisco California
Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP San Francisco California
Zupkus & Angell, P.C. Denver Colorado
Ogborn Mihm LLP Denver Colorado
Timmins LLC Denver Colorado
Brody Wilkinson PC Fairfield County Connecticut
Szilagyi & Daly Hartford Connecticut
Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A. Wilmington Delaware
Padula Hodkin, PLLC Boca Raton Florida
Nicklaus & Associates, P.A. Coral Gables Florida
Garbett, Stiphany, Allen & Roza, P.A. Miami Florida
Mateer Harbert, PA Orlando Florida
Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. Tampa Florida
Bivins & Hemenway, P. A. Tampa Florida
Krevolin & Horst, LLC Atlanta Georgia
Hull Barrett, PC Augusta Georgia
Hull Barrett, PC Evans Georgia
Roeca Luria Hiraoka LLP Honolulu Hawaii
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Honolulu Hawaii
Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno, P.C. Chicago Illinois
Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd. Chicago Illinois
Lane & Lane, LLC Chicago Illinois
Ayres Carr & Sullivan, P.C. Indianapolis Indiana
Fowler Bell PLLC Lexington Kentucky
Fowler Bell PLLC Louisville Kentucky
Montgomery Barnett Baton Rouge Louisiana
Montgomery Barnett New Orleans Louisiana
Bennett Law Firm, P.A., The Portland Maine
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston Massachusetts
Zizik, Powers, O'Connell, Spaulding & Lamontagne, P.C. Boston Massachusetts
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Dearborn Michigan
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Detroit Michigan
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Royal Oak Michigan
O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. Minneapolis Minnesota
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, P.C. Kansas City Missouri
Barron & Pruitt, LLP Las Vegas Nevada
Mandelbaum Salsburg West Orange New Jersey
Ganfer & Shore, LLP New York New York
Kent, Beatty & Gordon, LLP New York New York
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP Raleigh North Carolina
Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP Raleigh North Carolina
Lane, Alton & Horst LLC Columbus Ohio
Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Smiling Law Firm Tulsa Oklahoma
Rothman Gordon Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Hull Barrett, PC Aiken South Carolina
Rosen Hagood Charleston South Carolina
Collins & Lacy, P.C. Columbia South Carolina
Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP Columbia South Carolina
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A. Greenville South Carolina
Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C. Knoxville Tennessee
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Nashville Tennessee
Branscomb, PC Austin Texas
Downs ♦ Stanford, P.C. Austin Texas
Branscomb, PC Corpus Christi Texas
Downs ♦ Stanford, P.C. Dallas Texas
Branscomb, PC San Antonio Texas
Prince Yeates Salt Lake City Utah
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP Seattle Washington
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP Tacoma Washington
O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. Eau Claire Wisconsin
Neider & Boucher, S.C. Madison Wisconsin
Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. Milwaukee Wisconsin
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Carroll & O'Dea Sydney Australia
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Frieders, Tassul & Partner Vienna Austria
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Quijano & Associates Belize City Belize
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Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados Sao Paulo Brazil
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Quijano & Associates Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands
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Hengtai Law Offices Shanghai China
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Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados Bogota Colombia
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Guardia Montes & Asociados Costa Rica Costa Rica
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Marra & Marra Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
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Tahoun Law Office & Consultations Cairo Egypt
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Procope & Hornborg Finland Finland
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Vatier & Associes Paris France
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Broedermann Jahn Hamburg Germany
WINHELLER Attorneys at Law & Tax Advisors Frankfurt Germany
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Karagounis & Partners, Law Offices Athens Greece
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Fusthy & Manyai Law Office Budapest Hungary
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Advani & Co. Mumbai India
Seth Dua & Associates New Delhi India
S Eshwar Consultants House of Corporate & IPR Laws Chennai India
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Salinger & Co. Advocates Tel Aviv Israel
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Studio Legale F. De Luca Milan Italy
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Hayabusa Asuka Tokyo Japan
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Njoroge Regeru & Company Kenya Kenya
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Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates Malta Malta
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Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Tijuana Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Ciudad Juarez Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Mexico City Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton San Pedro Garza Garcia Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Queretaro Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Matamoros Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Reynosa Mexico
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Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam Netherlands
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Giwa-Osagie & Company Ikoyi Nigeria
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Quijano & Associates Panama City Panama
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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices Philippines Philippines
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Athayde de Tavares, Pereira da Rosa & Associados Lisbon Portugal
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Hanol Law Offices Seoul South Korea
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MME Partners Zurich Switzerland
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Formosan Brothers Taipei Taiwan
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Serap Zuvin Law Offices Istanbul Turkey
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Marriott Harrison LLP London United Kingdom

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Firms

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an approach or means for resolving disputes outside the judicial system of state or federal courts, commonly in the form of arbitration or mediation. Mediation is considered among the less formal alternatives to litigation that involves a panel or impartial third party (typically consisting of a group of qualified attorneys or retired judges experienced in negotiations) that intervenes to reach a settlement of the dispute.

Arbitration

Arbitration is the procedure by which parties agree to submit their disputes to an independent neutral third party, known as an arbitrator, who considers arguments and evidence from both sides, then hands down a final and binding decision. This alternative, which can be used to adjudicate business-to-business, business-to-employee, or business-to-customer disputes, can utilize a permanent arbitrator, an independent arbitrator selected by the two parties to resolve a particular grievance, or an arbitrator selected through the procedures of the AAA or FMCS. A board of arbitrators can also be used in a hearing.

After the arbitrator is selected, both sides are given the opportunity to present their perspectives on the issue or issues in dispute. These presentations include testimony and evidence that are provided in much the same way as a court proceeding, although formal rules of evidence do not apply. Upon completion of the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator reviews the evidence, testimony, and the collective bargaining agreement, considers principles of arbitration, and makes a decision. The arbitrator’s decision is generally rendered within 60 days. Hayford noted that “[binding arbitration] minimizes pre-hearing machinations with regard to discovery, motion practice, and the other preliminary skirmishes that extend the time, expense, and consternation of court litigation. In exchange, the parties to a contractual binding arbitration provision agree to accept the risk of being stuck with an unacceptable decision.”

Other forms of arbitration include the following:

* Expedited arbitration is a process intended to speed up the arbitration process with an informal hearing. Under this process, decisions are generally rendered within five days. It was first used in 1971 in settling disputes in the steel industry.
* Interest arbitration is the use of an arbitrator or board of arbitrators to render a binding decision in resolving a dispute over new contract terms.
* Final offer selection arbitration is an interest arbitration process in which the arbitrator or board of arbitrators selects either the union or management proposal to the solution. There can be no compromised decisions. This process is also termed either-or arbitration.
* Tripartite arbitration is a process wherein a three-member panel of arbitrators is used to reach a decision. Both labor and management select an arbitrator and the third is selected by the other two arbitrators or the parties to the dispute as a neutral participant.

Mediation

In contrast to arbitration, mediation is a process whereby the parties involved utilize an outside party to help them reach a mutually agreeable settlement. Rather than dictate a solution to the dispute between labor and management, the mediator—who maintains scrupulous neutrality throughout—suggests various proposals to help the two parties reach a mutually agreeable solution. In mediation, the various needs of the conflicting sides of an issue are identified, and ideas and concepts are exchanged until a viable solution is proposed by either of the parties or the mediator. Rarely does the mediator exert pressure on either party to accept a solution. Instead, the mediator’s role is to encourage clear communication and compromise in order to resolve the dispute. The terms “arbitration” and “mediation” are sometimes used interchangeably, but this mixing of terminology is careless and inaccurate. While the mediator suggests possible solutions to the disputing parties, the arbitrator makes a final decision on the labor dispute which is binding on the parties.

Mediation can be a tremendously effective tool in resolving disputes without destroying business relationships. It allows parties to work toward a resolution out of the public eye (the courts) without spending large sums on legal expenses. Its precepts also ensure that a company will not become trapped in a settlement that it finds unacceptable (unlike an arbitration decision that goes against the company). But Hayford commented that “mediation only works when the parties employing it are willing to go all out in the attempt to achieve settlement,” and he warned that “the mediator must be selected carefully, with an eye toward the critical attributes of neutrality, subject matter and process expertise, and previous track record.” Finally, he noted that with mediation, there is a “lack of finality inherent in a voluntary, conciliation-based procedure.”

Other forms of mediation often employed in labor disputes include “grievance mediation” and “preventive mediation.” Grievance mediation is an attempt to ward off arbitration through a course of fact-finding that is ultimately aimed at promoting dialogue between the two parties. Preventive mediation dates to the Taft-Hartley Act (1947) and is an FMCS program intended to avoid deeper divisions between labor and management over labor issues. Also termed technical assistance, the program encompasses training, education, consultation, and analysis of union-management disputes.

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