Alternative Dispute Resolution

Going to court is only one way to resolve a dispute. Another method, which has become increasingly popular over the past few decades, is what is called “Alternative Dispute Resolution” or “ADR.”

ADR can take many forms – arbitration, mediation, early neutral evaluation, are just a few. The common element to virtually all ADR processes is that it is administered by a third party, who is neutral. This neutrality allows the third party to impartially assess each side’s strengths and weaknesses, and convey those impressions to the parties.

Participation in an ADR process is usually voluntary, though some courts do require litigants to engage in some sort of ADR process. ADR’s popularity owes to several appealing features. First, ADR gets results – the success rate in helping the parties reach a resolution is significant. Second, ADR also provides a confidential alternative to the public forum that a courtroom entails. Third, ADR often proves more efficient and cost effective than protracted litigation. Fourth, given the variety in the types of ADR processes that are available, and the adaptability of the processes themselves, creative processes and solutions can be utilized.

All of the attorneys at Connelly & Collier are well-versed in the use of ADR. Further, Steve Collier performs ADR services.

Mr. Collier offers mediation services for a variety of disputes. His mediation experience includes business, probate and personal injury cases. He has been a trial lawyer for the past 32 years and currently serves as the President of the Ohio Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization of both plaintiff and defense attorneys dedicated to the preservation of the jury trial.

Mr. Collier is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as Civil Trial Advocates.