Fewer than 5% of lawsuits filed actually go to trial, many more are settled by effective use of alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation.? In arbitration a third party hears each party's argument and imposes a final and binding decision that is enforceable by the courts.? Once the final decision is issued, the case is closed.? Solving disputes by arbitration is generally less expensive and less time consuming than litigation, but much more formal than mediation.? Unlike arbitration, mediation is a non-binding form of dispute resolution.? Mediation provides a forum in which parties can resolve their own disputes, with the help of a neutral third party.? The mediator does not impose a decision, but helps both parties talk through the conflict and often leads them to a satisfactory resolution.?? When the parties come to an agreement, they sign a settlement document which represents a compromise that both parties deem fair.?
The attorneys at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey have earned a reputation as strong negotiators who are able to find common ground between opposing parties. Attorneys have settled a wide range of personal injury cases outside of court including airplane crash fatalities, birth injures and workplace amputations caused by dangerous and defective machinery.? They have also resolved large and complex commercial cases at mediation as well as numerous divorce settlements, saving their clients the time and hassle of dealing with an often cumbersome court system.?
The attorneys at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey?are frequently asked to mediate or arbitrate cases for other firms.? Two of these attorneys are court-approved and are members of the Superior Court General Civil Litigation/Mediation Roster and Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADRES) Mediation Roster.??
Listed below?are Mediators/Arbitrators
????Randall E. Smith
????Peter W. Schroeter
????Keith R. Jacques