Our attorneys educate and counsel clients on creative and cost-effective ways to resolve their disputes, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options like mediation and arbitration.

The ADR Practice Group is chaired by Richard Boyetterecognized as a well respected mediator in North Carolina. He developed an active mediation practice in the early 1990s and has mediated more than 1,600 disputes in a broad range of subject matters.

CSH attorneys from all practice groups work to help clients avoid litigation through various ADR methods.

The ADR Practice Group also includes Collaborative Law. The firm’s Collaborative Law practice is led by John Ong who, in addition to serving as a mediator, is a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the North Carolina Bar Associations’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is a leader in the initiative to bring Collaborative Law to the resolution of Civil Cases and Construction Disputes.

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.

The principles of Collaborative Law include:

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

The ADR Practice Group assists clients across the state in mediations and arbitrations from our offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington. For more information, contact Practice Group Chair Richard Boyette.

Most Recent Posts


Richard Boyette Participates in Lawyers Mutual CLE Panel

Richard Boyette served as a featured speaker in a CLE event sponsored by Lawyers’ Mutual. Richard presented on a panel presentation entitled “This Case is Killing Me,” addressing the stresses of representing difficult clients and how to prevent those cases from evolving into a legal malpractice claim.… Read More


John Ong to Discuss Collaborative Law

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John Ong, a partner at Cranfill Sumner LLP, will present “The Use of Collaborative Law in Construction Cases” at the 2018 Construction Law Section Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association. John’s presentation will be Sept. 28 at 12:45 p.m.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Offers Collaborative Law

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner 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.… Read More


Richard Boyette Selected As Lawyer of the Year For 2015 Leaders in the Law List

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Richard Boyette, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner), has been selected as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year byNorth Carolina Lawyers Weekly, in connection with its Leaders in the Law program, co-sponsored by Elon University School of Law, which honors legal professionals who excel in their profession and community involvement.… Read More


Richard Boyette Appointed to New Law and Justice Commission

Richard Boyette | Raleigh Attorney Cranfill Sumner

Richard Boyette, Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Products Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups at Cranfill Sumner LLP, has been appointed to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ). Richard was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is convening the commission.… Read More