The Advantages of a Dispute Resolution Board

One of the programs that has developed from the growing evolution of alternative dispute resolution is that of Dispute Resolution Boards. What is a DRB? A Dispute Resolution Board (DRB) is a panel of independent, neutral professionals typically used in large construction projects to: How are DRBs created? An often-used approach for creating a Dispute … Read more


The success of mediation is well known. In excess of 85% of all cases are settled when the parties come together to talk about their dispute, when each side has the opportunity to be heard and, most importantly, take an active role in crafting a resolution to the pending dispute. What is often noted by … Read more

A Neutral’s Role in Finalizing a Settlement

As litigants and mediators have long understood, by the time a case is resolved, the parties involved have sometimes worked for many hours on what can be a grueling process. Therefore, it is on occasion difficult at that point to start drafting a settlement agreement from scratch. It is helpful for a mediator to come … Read more

Georgia Enacts the Uniform Mediation Act

Effective July 1, 2021, Georgia becomes the thirteenth state to enact the Uniform Mediation Act (the “Act”).1 The Act, which was drafted in cooperation between the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, offers uniform standards for mediators and parties who agree to participate in … Read more

Providing Equal Access for Virtual Mediations and Arbitrations: Understanding the “Digital Divide”

The “Digital Divide” identifies the gap between those who have easy and ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not. This divide has become more readily apparent during the pandemic, as individuals were pushed into their residences to “work from home” and students were similarly required to find a way to … Read more

What is the “Mediation Privilege?”

Much has been discussed over the years as to the importance of maintaining the concept of confidentiality as part of the mediation process. Any concern relating to lack of confidentiality during the process would risk the incentive of openness and honesty during settlement discussions. In that the concept of confidentiality is crucial for a successful … Read more

Why Mediation & Arbitration is More Important Than Ever Before

As litigators of all types, in all areas of the law, in big or small firms, we all collectively suffer with the closure of our public courthouses during this virus crisis. Cases are stayed, parties are frustrated and there seems to be a lack of control to create solutions to the growing needs of our … Read more

Creating Constructive Ideas to Reach a Solution

One of the unique benefits of participating in a mediation is opening the door and allowing another voice to enter the room. Litigants and their counsel will readily admit that after protracted litigation and the ongoing acrimony that often escalates within a dispute, it is oftentimes very difficult for the parties involved to manage their … Read more