Skilled Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
Proven methods save time, stress and expense
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a number of methods used to settle controversies outside the civil court system. These include non-binding arbitration, binding arbitration and mediation. When you choose the ADR route, it’s important to remember you are still involved in an adversarial process. Moreover, if you agree to binding arbitration, you are giving up any and all rights to appeal the decision. Freeman Rauch, LLC represents clients in ADR proceedings to arrive at truly just settlements.
What’s the difference between arbitration and mediation?
Mediation can be seen as the first step in a two-step process. During mediation, parties may argue over the interpretation of a clause in a contract or a fair award for damaged property. The mediator will work with them to forge an agreement. He will not impose a result, but rather help them achieve it. If the parties cannot agree, the dispute might move to arbitration, where a neutral arbitrator will listen to the facts of a case and render a decision. In non-binding arbitration, the parties can reject the decision, then move on to binding arbitration or trial. In binding arbitration, parties agree to abide by whatever the arbitrator decides and there is no appeal.
Each stage of this process requires preparation, execution and high-level decision making, weighing costs and benefits, and anticipating consequences. Our experienced attorneys approach arbitration as they would a trial: meticulously preparing your case, researching relevant law and weaving material facts into a compelling narrative asserting your cause.
Arbitration is designed to reach a fair outcome without the expense and time of a trial.
If the arbitrator is neutral, why do I need a lawyer?
Arbitration is still an adversarial process, with each side presenting their case and rebutting their opponent’s. Our seasoned attorneys know how to approach arbitration proceedings to display your case in the best light.
Contact a determined Maryland ADR law firm
Do not delay if you feel your dispute could benefit from the fast track of alternative dispute resolution. Reach out to Freeman Rauch, LLC to schedule a consultation at our office. Call 410-842-6600 or contact us online today.