Alternatives to litigation and trial are referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, and include mediation and arbitration.
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to parties in a lawsuit meeting with a neutral third party (a mediator) in an effort to settle a case. The mediator’s role is to assist the parties in reaching a decision. The purpose of mediation is to avoid time and expense of pursuing further litigation by settling a lawsuit early on in the process. Mediation is not binding on the parties. There is no guarantee that mediation will produce a settlement agreement resolving a case. Most types of cases can be mediated. Common types include:
- Business Disputes – Breach of Contract, Consumer Protection Violations;
- Employment Law/Wrongful Discharge and Discrimination;
- Negligence/Personal Injury and Property Damage, Business Interruption;
- Insurance Coverage and Indemnification Issues;
- Construction and Real Estate Development Disputes;
- Product Liability and Professional Malpractice Claims.
Mediation is an informal process. Depending on the complexity of the issue, mediation may take several hours, days or longer. The length depends on the parties involved and their desire to resolve their dispute. The cost of mediation can be economical compared to the alternatives of trial and trial preparation.
It is important to hire an experienced, fair minded litigator to handle your dispute. The best mediator is someone familiar with the subject matter of your case who has the ability to navigate you through the process and guide you toward finding your own solution to the dispute.
Chris Kenney is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience litigating a wide variety of tort and contract claims before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, at mediation and arbitration. Chris has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in a diverse array of cases.
Mediation hearings can be held at either of our conveniently located offices: Old City Hall at 45 School Street in Boston, MA, or our MetroWest office: 225 Turnpike Road in Southborough, MA, located at the midpoint between Worcester and Boston. Our spacious conference centers allow for multi-party break-out sessions in large, state-of-the-art conference rooms.
Please contact Jaime Olivo at 617.722.6045 to confirm scheduling, rates, and availability.