Alternative Dispute Resolution
The strategic and cost-effective use of all alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) procedures is an integral aspect of our litigation practice. In every case, we evaluate which alternative dispute procedures will best serve our clients’ interests and plan how to use ADR to gain the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in the various forms of ADR practiced in state and federal courts throughout the country, including mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation. We regularly represent our clients in ADR proceedings. We have arbitrated and mediated in a wide range of complicated cases, including multi-party construction claims, patent, unfair competition and other intellectual property matters, employment cases and a variety of real estate, business tort and contract disputes. Our litigation attorneys also assist clients in negotiating and drafting ADR contract provisions.
Based on our extensive ADR experience in the Bay Area, we are familiar with the best-known and most widely used arbitrators, mediators and referees in Northern California. We have represented several retired judges in negotiating contracts with ADR providers.
Our litigation department includes attorneys who serve or have served as arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, the San Francisco Superior Court and the Alameda County Superior Court. One of our partners is a past chair of the ADR committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
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Originally published in The Recorder
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