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ADR Services

Dispute Resolution Services for a Variety of Needs

We offer clients processes to resolve even the most complex disputes in an efficient and cost effective manner within a confidential setting.  Effective Dispute Resolution’s professionalism, experience and insight help clients bridge differences and mend relationships. To learn more about our capabilities, see our client references and sample cases. Our Mediation policies describe in detail the process and policies we follow. 

Mediation is a confidential process in which a neutral third party acting as a mediator facilitates negotiations between the parties to a point where their dispute is resolved. While a court can order parties to a dispute to submit good faith mediation, this process is typically voluntary and can result in a resolution only on terms which the parties find to be mutually acceptable.

Arbitration is a confidential process in which parties to a dispute agree that one or more individuals can decide how to resolve their dispute after receiving evidence and hearing the arguments of each of the parties. Unlike mediation, in an arbitration the neutral is typically given the authority to make a decision that will be binding on the parties and final. If the parties enter into an arbitration process that is non-binding, then the arbitrator's decision is only advisory, and can be final only if parties accept it. Mr. Mathews has served as an arbitrator and has chaired arbitration panels in investment, regulatory and employment disputes.

Early Neutral Evaluation is undertaken shortly after a case has been filed. A third-party neutral, usually an attorney, is asked to provide an objective evaluation of the case. The parties can submit written material or meet with the neutral. The neutral then reports on the strengths and weaknesses of each party's position and provides the parties with an evaluation of the likely outcome of a trial of the case. Such an evaluation may help parties pursue a settlement of the dispute.

Custodian/Guardian/Trustee is a service whereby an individual is appointed by one or more parties or a court to serve as a fiduciary in the administration of the affairs of a person or designated assets. For example, a custodian or receiver may be appointed to administer the affairs of a corporation in order to safeguard its business and assets when the corporation is unable to act due to an impasse among its shareholders. A guardian is a fiduciary appointed to administer the affairs of an individual adjudged to be legally incapable of managing his or her affairs. Mr. Mathews has experience as a court appointed corporate custodian and as a legal guardian.

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