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Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

“The term Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella phrase used to describe problem-solving methods or techniques. Many of these techniques have been used throughout history, but have recently become institutionalized in response to the need for efficient and cost-effective dispute settlement.

The United States’ legal system was created as an alternative to violent, self-help dispute resolution. It is undeniably one of the best in the world. But, because access to the courts has become time-consuming, expensive and stressful, additional methods of settlement have become established. These methods include, among others, negotiation, mediation, settlement conferences, early neutral evaluation, mini-trials, summary jury trials, med-arb, Business partners shaking hands at conference table in officeand arbitration. They are referred to collectively as ADR and ought to be considered, along with litigation, for the resolution of disputes.

ADR methods are structured to meet specific client needs. Each technique has certain advantages but also presents some disadvantages or risks. Proper use or application, therefore, necessitates thorough analysis of the case, the parties’ needs and the available methods of resolution. The objective is to employ the least expensive and intrusive method to achieve the most positive result for the client.

Effective lawyering requires knowledgeable use of ADR techniques. Clients should be advised of the potential benefits and risks of all ADR methods, as well as litigation.”

Our firm attempts to utilize Alternative Dispute Resolution in each case in which it would benefit the client. Additionally, Jim Arndt is a private mediator and acts as a neutral third party to resolve disputes out of court. Please give our office a call to assist you with your legal problems.

The above is an excerpt from an article published by the Colorado Bar Association, 2002. https://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/211/subID/1244/CAAD/Manual-on-Alternative-Dispute-Resolution/