Alternative Dispute Resolution
We can help bring a resolution to legal disputes in a
quicker, less expensive and far less traumatic fashion than in the traditional
The system for resolving legal disputes through the long, expensive and
traumatic process of a court trial is not always the best method for resolving
disputes. More and more people are turning to mediation, arbitration and other
alternative avenues for dispute resolution.
Mediation is an informal, voluntary and confidential process of dispute
resolution where a neutral third party assists or facilitates a resolution
agreed to between the parties.
Arbitration allows the parties to hire a person knowledgeable in the area of their
dispute to listen to their evidence and render a decision to resolve their
With alternative dispute resolution services, the parties or the court can
appoint a knowledgeable person to act as a Special Master to hear evidence and
render a Report to the court which is then accepted in whole or in part by the
trial Judge to resolve a dispute.
Another method used to resolve dispute without trial is that the parties will
hire a knowledgeable person to render a formal Early Neutral Evaluation of their
dispute, set forth in a written report to the parties which analyzes the
strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases and states the evaluator's
opinion about the probable outcome if the case goes to trial.
All of these methods are designed to bring about a
resolution to legal disputes in a quicker, less expensive and far less traumatic
fashion than a resolution through the traditional trial-verdict-appeal method.
Four of our senior attorneys are often hired to serve as
mediators, arbitrators or special masters.
Retired Superior Court judge
Jim McDougall has served as
mediator, arbitrator and special master in numerous family law, elder law
and civil disputes.
Chick Arnold has
served as a mediator and arbitrator in elder law, trust and estate disputes.
Jim Ryan has served as a mediator
in trust and estate disputes.
Ernest Calderón is a former
judge pro tem in the Arizona Court of Appeals and Super Court and has been
appointed a Special Master and mediator by Arizona's state and federal