Arbitration & Mediation

Experienced Upstate New York Mediation Attorneys

There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to take a construction dispute into alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. In some cases, arbitration is contractually mandated. In other cases, arbitration or mediation may be helpful as a voluntary approach.

At the law firm of Donohue, Sabo, Varley & Huttner, our Albany arbitration attorneys and mediation lawyers frequently participate in ADR proceedings throughout Upstate New York, both as counsel for individuals and businesses and as neutral arbitrators and mediators.

Serving as Both Advocates and Neutral Third Parties

Arbitration and mediation have become the two main alternatives to traditional litigation. These two approaches differ from each other in several key respects and are generally appropriate for different types of cases. The following is a basic breakdown of the two:

  • Arbitration: In arbitration, a neutral third party acts like a judge, but in a less formal setting, listening to the parties' arguments and deciding how the case will be resolved. The parties can agree to the specific rules governing the arbitration beforehand.
  • Mediation: In mediation, a neutral mediator discusses the issues with the parties and tries to facilitate a settlement agreement that respects each party's concerns. Unlike an arbitrator, a mediator does not have the authority to decide any issues.

Our attorneys represent clients in ADR proceedings and serve as neutral arbitrators. Our familiarity with construction law and our experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in construction litigation enable us to provide effective advice and guidance in the ADR context.

Call Us Toll Free at 518-458-8922 to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Whether you are looking for a law firm to represent you in a dispute that is likely to go into ADR or you are seeking a neutral arbitrator or mediator to help you resolve a case, we encourage you to contact us at 518-458-8922 or by e-mail to schedule a free consultation.