Alternative Dispute Resolution Woodland Hills


Alternative Dispute Resolution Woodland Hills

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to any method by which two parties are able to resolve a dispute without litigation (outside of court). ADR has become increasingly prominent due to the complications and costs (in both time and money) affiliated with the legal system.

ADR has legal weight, as both parties usually agree to a resolution through a binding contract. These contracts can sometimes be overturned in court, however, they are usually agreeable for both parties thereby reducing further conflict.

The two primary methods of ADR are arbitration and mediation.

Arbitration - Arbitration is formatted in the same way as a trial, however it is much more basic, and involves a panel of arbitrators. We dedicated a whole page to arbitration. View it here.

Mediation - A mediator is a person who is trained to resolve a conflict or dispute. The mediator helps both parties work out an agreement.

There are many forms of ADR, first attempts usually include negotiation. The advantage of this stage is that both parties have a degree of control whereas in the court, the judge and jury make a decision, and other ADR methods may use mediators or other 3rd parties to resolve disputes

Mr. Grey will help guide you through all processes involved with ADR. He can counsel you on which form would be most advantageous for you and your situation, he can act as a neutral third party or mediator, and he can even help draw up a fair, clear-cut, contract. For more information on this quick and cost-effective service, call the Law office of Grey to make an appointment.

A Dispute to A
previous legal ruling

Appeals are when there is a dispute to a previous legal ruling. An appeal is generally towards a higher legal level than the level making the claim. It can act as both as an error correction or a clearer interpretation of the ruling. An appeal if followed through is a formal request to change the ruling of a previous legal trial.


Disputes in the Workplace
Are Bound to Occur

When they do, a lawsuit is the last thing you would want as lawsuits would affect the relationship between the employers and employees. Alternative dispute resolution, referred to as ADR is a mitigation technique to resolve the issues without having to involve lawsuits and litigations. Listed below are four types of ADR that are most commonly used.


Negotiation is generally the first step of ADR to be attempted in conflict resolution. Negotiation is when both parties come together along with their respective attorney if they please, and discuss the means of the issue and settle the dispute. Negotiation is also possible without any third party facilitation.


Arbitration is when two parties join together to appoint a third party judge, in which the third party judge will impose a solution on the issue. The end result of the arbitration may be binding or non-binding. A binding decision is when both parties must abide by the ruling, while non-binding is when parties can choose to ignore the ruling. A non-binding ruling can be seen like mediation, in the sense that the ruling can’t be imposed upon the parties.

Collaborative law

In collaborative law both parties have their own attorneys that facilitate the resolution process. The collaborative process is often times the most cost efficient way for both parties since it reduces duplicity. In this process, both parties must agree with the solution with suggestion from their attorneys.


Mediation is when there is a third party facilitating the resolution between the two parties. When requested, the third party can also suggest a resolution for the issue, more commonly known as mediator’s proposal. A mediator’s proposal is only a suggestion; parties are not required to accept the resolution or ruling.

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