Firm expands Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) has been expanded to include Collaborative Law, which will be led by John Ong. Ong is the Vice-Chair of the Cranfill Sumner Construction Law Practice Group and is Certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Superior Court Mediations and is trained in Collaborative Law.

“Collaborative law provides our clients with another alternative to traditional legal dispute resolution that is fast, confidential, cost effective and that keeps the client directly in control of the matters most important to them,” Ong said.

Collaborative Law, which has been used in Family Law matters for several years, has been the focus of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).  Ong is a member of the committee and has been working with the NCBA to bring the practice of collaborative law to construction law practices statewide.

The principles of Collaborative Law include:

  1. The parties and counsel sign a Collaborative Participation Agreement
  2. Open and transparent disclosure of all relevant information.
  3. Negotiation based on needs and interests and without the threat of litigation.
  4. Parties sitting down face to face, with counsel, to work through their dispute.
  5. Privacy and confidentiality.
  6. Shared use of neutral experts to provide information.
  7. Mandatory attorney withdrawal in the event of impasse.