Alternative Dispute Resolution

A more cost-effective, less-stressful solution than litigation
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Alternative Dispute Resolution Services In Pennsylvania

Few people enjoy going to court, and drawn-out litigation can come at a high financial and emotional cost. At Gross McGinley, LLP, our litigation attorneys in Allentown, PA are seasoned negotiators who use alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration to help clients resolve legal disputes in an efficient, affordable manner.

What to know about alternative dispute resolution:

What are the benefits of mediation and arbitration?

What can I expect in mediation?

How does arbitration work?

Why should I choose the ADR attorneys at Gross McGinley?



Benefits Of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Whether you’re dealing with breach of contract issues or you’re a defendant in a lawsuit, mediation or arbitration can provide effective results in many different types of cases. Our clients benefit from ADR in multiple ways, including:

Cost savings – Going to court can be quite expensive. Attorneys’ fees, support staff, expert witnesses, filing fees, and other services required for effective litigation can add up quickly.

Time savings – Depending on the case and court delays, litigation may take years. Preparing for and attending hearings and a trial may require you to spend time away from your business and your loved ones. Alternative dispute resolution can help you resolve issues in a fraction of the time litigation may take.

Less stress and more privacy – Litigation can take a toll on your mental health.A trial often requires people to share incredibly sensitive, personal information about their lives, relationships, finances, and other matters. Although you may still have to share much of this information in arbitration or mediation, it is not part of the public record and you won’t be subjected to a 12-person jury or courtroom gallery filled with spectators.

Preserving relationships – Litigation often destroys relationships, especially when emotions run high in cases involving divorce, child custody, and family businesses. A mediator can help both parties avoid getting stuck in their feelings or arguments and help them come to a mutually beneficial resolution. 

Finding resolution – Binding arbitration offers the best option for confidentiality and finality. In most cases, an arbitrator’s decision is as binding and enforceable as a court order. Our arbitration attorneys guide disputing parties through the private process, and a trained professional considers all discovery, evidence, and testimony before making a final, confidential decision.

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How Mediation Works

From business disputes to family law matters, mediation is often a useful tool to resolve many types of legal issues. It can be informal or may be ordered by a judge to settle a case without litigation. In mediation, an impartial, trained professional acts as a go-between to help opposing parties discuss disputes and reach a settlement or agreement.  Some other areas of the law in which mediation can be beneficial include:

  • Personal injury
  • Labor or employment disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Other matters involving civil law

Resolving disputes through mediation gives parties more control over potential outcomes and a sense of fairness, as they can reach a resolution themselves instead of having to accept a decision by a judge, jury, or arbitrator. Our team wants you to feel empowered when it comes to the decisions you make, and work tirelessly to achieve positive outlooks in ADR methods like mediation.



How Arbitration Works

Arbitration clauses have become very common in all types of contracts. This means that whether you’re a consumer or an entrepreneur facing a business dispute if you accepted the terms of an agreement (which can happen unknowingly) you must settle the issue through arbitration.

In arbitration, a trained arbitrator or arbitration panel reviews evidence listens to the parties, and makes a decision about a dispute. It is less formal than a hearing or trial, but more formal than negotiations or mediation.

Arbitrators are usually retired judges, attorneys, or business professionals with experience in a particular field. In binding arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision is final. It is only in rare circumstances that a decision may be reviewed or overturned by a court. In nonbinding arbitration, either party may reject the arbitration decision and pursue litigation instead.



Why Choose Our ADR Attorneys?

With court dockets overflowing in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, litigation can take much longer than expected, not to mention the financial and emotional stress of going through a contentious legal battle. Whether you are considering suing someone, you’re a defendant in a lawsuit or need help with a family law matter, alternative dispute resolution is a flexible process that often results in mutually beneficial outcomes. At Gross McGinley, LLP we offer legal services that encompass a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Banking
  • Real estate
  • Insurance
  • Media and publishing
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • Sports
  • Nonprofit
  • Family law
  • Estate planning and administration
  • And more

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators with broad knowledge of civil law and dedication to serving clients with the utmost professionalism and integrity. We provide top-notch legal representation both inside and outside the courtroom. Our team of talented litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania takes pride in strategizing creative, innovative alternative resolutions that meet our clients’ needs and goals.

Learn More About Alternative Dispute Resolution In PA

Gross McGinley, LLP has provided exceptional legal services in Allentown, PA for more than four decades. Our client-centered philosophy and collaborative approach help us effectively guide clients through challenging legal issues. To learn about the ADR services we offer or schedule a consultation with a litigation attorney, contact us online or call 610-820-5450 today. 

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