Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to any means of settling a dispute outside of the courtroom. With the escalating costs of litigation and a backlog of cases in state and federal courts, many companies are turning to ADR as an effective means of resolving a variety of business and workplace disputes. ADR is an option for avoiding lawsuits that drag on for years or may be subject to surprise courtroom verdicts.
Benefits: Savings in cost and time are the dominant reasons, but there are other significant reasons, such as:
- preservation of business relationships
- arrangements may be made quickly
- process usually takes two days or less
- simple and easy process
- process can be binding or non-binding
- the outcome is within the control of the parties
Areas of concentration:
- Business: Antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, business contracts, class actions, commercial disputes, corporate transactions, environmental, franchising, healthcare, insurance coverage, intellectual property, lender liability, real estate, securities
- Employment: Age, race and disability employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination
- Construction: Construction defects, breach of contract, late payments, construction delays and bidding issues involving architects, prime contractors, subcontractors and engineers
- Personal injury: Personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, toxic torts, worker's compensation, wrongful death
- Family law: Divorce, child custody, visitation, palimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements
Biographies: Members of the department are fully trained in alternative dispute resolution procedures and are often selected to serve as arbitrators, mediators and neutrals.
- Carl Greenberg: Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Complex tort, products liability and medical malpractice litigation. Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, Rutgers Law School.
- Deborah E. Nelson: Certified matrimonial mediator. Former Vice Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Former Chair, Morris County Bar Association ADR Committee.