Arbitrator / Mediator

In addition to representing our clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm also has attorneys qualified to serve as a mediator or an arbitrator of employment law disputes of non-clients.

Mediation is a process for parties to meet in good faith to try and resolve their dispute.  The mediator, as a neutral outside party, is selected by the parties to facilitate their negotiation.   The mediator does not make a decision and has no power to impose a resolution.  There is no obligation to settle, and any resolution requires the agreement of all parties.

Arbitration is a process whereby the parties choose an arbitrator to serve as a neutral outside party to decide the outcome of their dispute.   The arbitrator hears the testimony of witnesses, reviews the documentary evidence, listens to the arguments presented, rules on motions and objections, and decides the outcome, including any monetary award.  The parties agree, in advance, to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, and the ability to appeal the arbitrator’s decision is typically quite limited.  The arbitration hearing is not too dissimilar to that of a trial before a judge; however, it is less formal and given the crowded dockets of most courts, it is typically faster.