Alternative Dispute Resolution
Abraham Lincoln wrote: “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbor to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity to be a good man. There will be business enough.”
Be aware that alternatives to litigation exist. There are alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) procedures that many litigants should consider. These include collaboration, arbitration, mediation, and summary trial, which often result in the least burden upon the client. At the same time, ADR allows the parties to reach a fair outcome, while minimizing expenses and inconvenience. A resolution that is fair, reasonable, and cost effective can often be obtained without prolonged litigation. When you must have a continuing relationship with an adversarial party, alternative dispute resolution may well be the best available option.