Mediation and other methods for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) are often used to settle cases and other types of disputes. Frequently, parties seek to resolve a case through mediation; however, the mediation of a case may be ordered by the trial judge. There are many advantages to using mediation to try to resolve a lawsuit. Mediation proceedings are less stressful than a court trial. Mediation is informal and held in a relatively private setting. Claims can be resolved more quickly through mediation or other alternative resolution process, which often means reduced litigation costs and attorney’s fees.
FPB attorneys are often hired by parties to mediate a case. A successful mediation requires a mediator with considerable trial experience, a comprehensive knowledge of the law, and an ability to fairly assess the value of a case. Mediators from Ford, Parshall & Baker are sensitive to the personal aspects of a case, while at the same time able to provide the parties with a brass tacks view of their case.
Judges frequently order the parties in a family law case to mediate their issues before trial. Family law mediations can be very successful. They often result in a complete resolution of the case, thereby foregoing the need for a trial. Mediation of claims is still beneficial even if only a partial resolution is obtained because a partial resolution reduces the time for trial and may result in less attorney’s fees and expenses.