Trial Alternatives: Mediation And Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are effective Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options to resolving any type of dispute, whether it be a married couple getting divorced, or individuals or businesses attempting to solve a legal problem.

Mediation is a conflict-resolution method whereby a neutral third party, the mediator, guides disputing parties in conflict to resolve their dispute. The mediator assists the parties to uncover their real issues, needs, and wants. The mediator works with the parties to supervise the exchange of the relevant information needed to facilitate an amicable resolution of their dispute. The mediator works with the parties to collectively find a workable solution that satisfies the goals and needs of both parties. An experienced mediator offers the parties creative solutions to their legal dispute, and can assist in the preparation of the necessary settlement documents. The attorneys at The Dickerson Karacsonyi Law Group have extensive experience in serving as the mediator in numerous matters which have resulted in an amicable resolution acceptable to the parties involved.

Benefits Of Mediation

  • Empowers clients to make their own choices instead of a judge
  • Less risk than a trial
  • Root of the problem uncovered and often resolved
  • Relationships are often saved
  • High rate of satisfaction
  • A sense of emotional closure
  • Timely meeting and problem resolution
  • Low cost

The Mediation Process Explained

While mediation is a recognized route to problem solving, it does not rely on specific points of law. The genuine issues and individual circumstances are considered and then the parties involved work together to solve the problem. Another difference is that mediation is future-focused, and not an examination of past faults or wrongs. Once an agreement is reached by the parties involved, their settlement can be finalized in writing.

Arbitration is more often a time-saving and cost-saving alternative to a long and drawn-out trial. The arbitration process begins when the two parties and their attorneys select and agree upon an arbitrator. The specific issues or impasses are defined. After the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator issues a decision on the matter. In most cases, the arbitrator's decision or "award" cannot be appealed. Arbitration can be legally binding and can take the place of a court trial.

Benefits Of Arbitration

  • Specific issue discussion and resolution
  • Convenience: day, time, and location of the hearing are decided by the disputing parties
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • A more accessible platform than a court trial
  • A more cost- and time-effective approach than a court trial
  • Arbitrator is agreed upon by the parties

The Highest Rating By His Peers

Attorney, mediator, and arbitrator Bob Dickerson has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating,* the highest rating available. He has also been selected to the Super Lawyers list year after year. Bob has over 40 years of courtroom, mediation, and arbitration experience, and has worked with countless clients and groups throughout Las Vegas and Nevada to successfully resolve their most critical conflicts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.