Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be a just, speedy and less expensive alternative to traditional litigation. There are two principal types of ADR: mediation and arbitration, and each requires experienced counsel to advocate the best case for the client.
Mediation is a non-binding process where the parties use an experienced neutral mediator to assist them in negotiating a voluntary resolution of their dispute. Arbitration may be either binding or nonbinding and utilizes either a single arbitrator or a three-arbitrator panel. While arbitration is more like formal litigation, it generally involves far less discovery and, thus, can be faster and more economical. Because there is a very limited right of appeal from an arbitral award, competent legal representation is crucial in the arbitration process.
Most of AGG’s litigation attorneys and several of our healthcare and intellectual property attorneys have represented numerous clients in both types of ADR proceedings. Several of our attorneys also serve as Arbitrators and Mediators with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), giving them special insight into the subtleties and nuances of ADR advocacy.
Our attorneys have handled arbitration proceedings around the United States and in several foreign countries, administered by the (AAA, the ICDR, the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), and other major arbitral tribunals.
In addition to representing clients in arbitrations and mediations, and serving on AAA and ICDR Neutral Panels, several of our attorneys are founding members of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), including a former President of the Society. Our attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and frequently present and speak on various aspects of ADR.