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Determined Slidell, Louisiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney Offers Cost-Effective Alternatives

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. At Patrick J. Berrigan APLC, I represent 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 can’t 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 and 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. I approach arbitration as I would a trial: meticulously preparing your case, researching relevant law and weaving material facts into a compelling narrative to help you pursue an optimal resolution.

What you can achieve through arbitration

Arbitration is designed to reach a fair outcome without the expense and time of a trial. When it is voluntary, arbitration helps many people who might otherwise be shut out of the justice system by high costs. However, arbitration is still an adversarial process, with each side presenting their case and rebutting their opponent’s. The adversarial nature of the process is especially evident if your opponent is a corporation with a mandatory arbitration clause in its contract. Since that company has a staff of lawyers on retainer who specialize in winning arbitration cases, you need an equally professional legal team on your side. I fight aggressively to protect your interests and further your goals.

If the arbitrator is neutral, why do I need a lawyer?

A trial judge is also neutral, but you probably would not venture to represent yourself in court. I know how to approach arbitration proceedings to display your case in the best light to help ensure an outcome based upon its merits. I am a licensed Civil Mediator in the state of Louisiana.

Contact a Louisiana ADR lawyer driven to deliver results.

Don’t delay if you feel your dispute could benefit from the fast track of alternative dispute resolution. Reach out to me at Patrick J. Berrigan APLC to schedule a consultation at my Slidell office. Call 985-602-9841 or contact me online today.