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 Boyette, recognized 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.
- Our Business Law Practice Group counsels clients on the inclusion of arbitration and mediation clauses in key contracts.
- Our attorneys are often asked to serve as arbitrators or mediators to settle disputes.
- Ten of our attorneys are North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission-certified mediators, including Richard Boyette, Buck Copeland, Dawn Lane, John Ong, Amy Pfeiffer, Russell Racine, Benton Toups, and Nick Valaoras.
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.
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