Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation can be costly, time-consuming, and unpredictable. Depending on your circumstances, alternative dispute resolution may be an advisable alternative to litigation. Arbitration and mediation allow parties to keep costs at a minimum, and they often allow parties to have their disputes resolved more quickly than typical litigation.

In arbitration, the parties agree to have a knowledgeable and neutral third-party arbitrator conduct a hearing and decide their dispute. In mediation, the parties work together with a neutral third-party mediator to reach an agreeable resolution of their dispute. Because these alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are a product of the parties’ agreement, the rules governing them can be more flexible, more efficient, and more closely-tailored to the parties and their particular issues.

The attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm have a wealth of knowledge and experience in alternative dispute resolution. They can help you decide whether alternative dispute resolution is right for you and, if so, handle all aspects of the process, from selecting the arbitrator or mediator, to representing your interests at the arbitration or mediation, to implementing the arbitrator’s decision or the parties’ agreement. Let us help guide you through the process and obtain an agreeable outcome.

Additionally, our senior attorneys are available to serve as mediators or arbitrators to help parties resolve their disputes out of Court.


When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, litigation may be necessary. However, in certain circumstances arbitration is an advisable alternative to a lawsuit.

In arbitration, the parties agree to have a knowledgeable third-party “arbitrator” conduct a hearing and decide their dispute. Since the process is a product of the parties’ agreement the rules governing it can be more flexible, more efficient and tailored to the specific parties and dispute. An arbitrator who is knowledgeable regarding the subject matter of the dispute can be selected thereby increasing the chances for reasoned and appropriate decision.

In the right circumstances a dispute can be decided by arbitration in a manner that is faster and less costly than litigation. The attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm are experienced with the arbitration process. We can help you determine whether arbitration makes sense for you and, if it does, handle all aspects of your case from the selection of an arbitrator, to the conduct of the hearing and implementation of the arbitrator’s decision.


Lawsuits are adversarial by nature; it is highly unlikely that both parties will feel that the conflict has been resolved in a fair and just manner when a judge or jury renders its verdict. Lawsuits often deteriorate relationships, eliminating the likelihood of continuing a business or client relationship. Furthermore, lawsuits are expensive not only in terms of legal fees but in the expenditure of a professional’s resources and time necessary to litigate.

In many circumstances, mediation offers a way for parties to settle their disputes quickly, cost efficiently and without the hostility associated with litigation. The attorneys at Sugarman Law Firm recognize these benefits and are experienced in reaching agreements on a wide range of issues facing professionals. We can help guide you through the process, select a qualified mediator, and obtain an agreeable outcome.

Commercial Arbitration and Mediation

Disputes involving construction projects, contracts, sales of goods, real estate and other commercial transactions can be complex, costly to litigate and difficult to resolve. In the right circumstances mediation or arbitration of a complex dispute can provide a path to resolution that is in the best interests of all parties. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to assist our clients in determining when the alternative dispute resolution process makes sense and to represent our clients throughout the process. We also have experience serving as mediators and arbitrators in commercial disputes. 

Insurance Defense Arbitration and Mediation

Mediation and arbitration can be an effective and efficient means of resolving claims in the right circumstances. Creative solutions such as high/low arbitrations, structure mediations and single issue arbitrations can narrow issues and put the focus on resolving claims and closing files. Our attorneys regularly handle mediations and arbitrations involving personal injury claims of all sorts including claims arising from auto accidents, trucking accidents, products liability matters, construction site accidents slips and falls.

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