Mediation is an informal way for parties to resolve their conflicts outside of the litigation process. In mediation, a trained and neutral mediator helps the parties discuss their differences and work together to find a mutually acceptable resolution.
While both parties must generally agree to submit their dispute to mediation, in some cases mediation can be ordered by the court. Since the parties to the dispute typically have the right to choose the mediator, they should look for a trained mediator with expertise in the particular area of law that is the subject of the dispute.
Mediation can be initiated any time before litigation has commenced or during a case before it has reached conclusion. In most situations, mediation is less expensive than taking a case to court and the parties are able to reach a resolution significantly faster.
Mediation is not binding until the parties execute a signed settlement agreement. Moreover, because the parties have worked together to find a mutually satisfactory outcome, they are generally far more likely to follow through with the terms of their agreement. Additionally, mediation can often help the parties better understand one another and preserve important working relationships moving forward.
Our Mediation Services
Johnson Pope’s ADR Practice Group offers a team of experienced professionals who are well equipped to help clients mediate civil disputes. We offer mediation services across a diverse range of subject matters, including, but not limited to the following:
- Breach of Contract
- Business Disputes
- Commercial Matters
- Construction Litigation
- Employment Disputes
- Health Care Law
- Intellectual Property
- Personal Injury Law
- Probate, Trusts and Estates
- Real Estate Matters
The members of our ADR team focus on helping parties work together to settle their disputes quickly, confidentially and cost-effectively. We believe that by creating an open and non-adversarial environment, parties can find common ground and develop a mutually satisfactory resolution.