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Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation

As part of our promise to never overwork your case, and to always seek the lowest-cost resolution, we always investigate a variety of alternatives to avoid formal, public, costly, and often protracted litigation. Through our ADR practice, we ensure that your matter is resolved, not just litigated.

img-coast-panelAn important advantage of ADR is flexibility to achieve consensual and mutually satisfactory resolutions not available through the traditional “win-lose” litigation process. Because of its flexibility and informality, ADR offers relatively low-cost opportunities for settlement assistance prior to initiating litigation or as a quicker and more efficient way to take your case to resolution.

We have served as ADR neutrals as well as ADR advocates and counselors representing clients. Moreover, the extensive litigation experience of our attorneys enables us to recognize the merits and shortcomings of both the litigation and ADR processes. Accordingly, we can provide guidance in choosing the right ADR process, if any, to achieve the goals of the client.

We handle arbitration proceedings throughout the U.S. and in international venues under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. We have successfully employed ADR procedures in all manner of disputes, including those related to contracts, environmental disputes, insurance recovery, professional negligence, fiduciary duty, corporate governance disputes, and other tort-related and commercial matters. We are adept in the use of all ADR techniques:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Negotiation
  • Moderated settlement conferences
  • High-low and other risk capping agreements
  • Neutral evaluations
  • Professional panel reviews and assessments
  • Mini-trials
  • Summary jury trials

Mediation

Nellermoe Wrenn, PLLC provides mediation services to lawyers, law firms, corporate, and individual clients who seek timely, cost effective, and reliable alternatives to litigation.

Mediation involves negotiation with a third-party neutral who facilitates discussions with the goal of resolving and settling a dispute. The third-party neutral (mediator) imposes no judgment on the issues, leaving the final decision to settle the dispute up to the parties. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, assist them in focusing on the real issues of the dispute, and generate options that meet the interests or needs of all relevant parties in an effort to resolve the conflict. Unlike arbitration, where the intermediary listens to the arguments of both sides and renders a binding decision, a mediator assists the parties to develop a solution themselves.

Michael Wrenn and Leslie Nellermoe are both trained mediators, with years of experience helping parties reach mutually agreeable solutions outside of the formal litigation process. For more information, please contact Mike or Leslie directly.