Arbitration – Arbitration is effectively a trial process that takes place outside of the court, and results in an enforceable order. While arbitration typically involves less discovery and more lax evidentiary rules, many arbitrations involve almost as much discovery as a trial before a judge. Advance Resolution Group’s expertise in trial practice and the rules of procedure and evidence results in arbitrations that are conducted as if the parties are in court, albeit it quicker, less formal, more discreet, and often less expensive. In addition to a lower cost, the added benefit of arbitrating is that the entire process is dictated by the parties, and this allows for a process that is specially designed for your unique dispute.
Case Evaluation – An expert opinion on the value (and expense) of a potential case can be helpful in deciding next steps. Case evaluation involves a close look at a dispute, the issues, the positions of the parties, as well as applicable law and trial precedents, and objectively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the case. Evaluation services can be used independently or in conjunction with mediation or facilitation.
Mediation – Mediation involves negotiation between the parties to a dispute that is facilitated by a neutral third party. We are trained in facilitative, transformative, evaluative and directive mediation styles, and apply the mediation method(s) that will work best in for each unique situation.
Med/Arb – This practice is becoming more popular, as it gives the parties a chance to resolve their dispute through traditional mediation, and ensures that if no resolution is achieved an arbitration will take place immediately or very soon thereafter. Depending on the complexity and timing of the mediation, parties can choose whether the mediator/arbitrator:
- writes an enforceable opinion immediately following the mediation, or
- obtains further briefing from the parties before drafting the opinion, or
- holds an arbitration hearing.
Some parties choose to allow time for additional discovery following the mediation, and others wish to proceed without further discovery. The process is flexible and Advance Resolution Group will work with you to construct the structure that works best for you.
Facilitation – This process is especially useful in the workplace but is used whenever small groups within an organization, or representatives of different organizations, need assistance to work together more effectivley. Advance Resolution Group investigates the dispute or difficulty, helps the parties to understand each other’s unique views, and assists them in creating a resolution that is mutually beneficial. Facilitators are process leaders only. They have no decision-making authority, and do not contribute to the substance of the discussion. Facilitators help groups stay on task, and be more creative, efficient, and productive than they would be without facilitation.
Investigation – We will work with you to review your unique issues and define the nature and scope of the investigation needed. Typical investigations include collecting and reviewing documents, conducting interviews, and legal research. Throughout the process we provide periodic updates so that we are on the same page with regard to timing and budget. At the end of the investigation we provide a detailed report with an evaluation of the facts that can be used to determine next steps.
Mini or Mock Trial – A neutral hears a summary case presentation, critiques the presentation and offers suggestions as to case strategy.