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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution in forums other than the courts has become commonplace. Businesses are increasingly including provisions in their transactional agreements which call for alternative means of addressing disputes arising under those agreements before a suit can be filed. Arbitration is often faster and less costly than traditional litigation. Mediation is a less formal process in which the parties seek to reach a consensual resolution, as opposed to an adjudicated outcome through arbitration or court proceedings. Mediation has become a well-accepted means of finding a faster and creative solution and reducing the cost of conflict, while keeping a dispute confidential.

Attorneys in the ADR practice have experience representing clients to resolve disputes effectively and efficiently by means alternative to traditional litigation. Taking innovative and creative approaches adapted to the unique needs and objectives of a particular client, our attorneys achieve results that often are superior to those available through protracted, expensive and uncertain litigation. This approach can produce substantial value and minimize cost and disruption for business clients.

Our skills in alternative dispute resolution are complementary to our litigation capacity as we work to find and obtain the best results achievable for our clients.


October 12, 2018  Coalition of Federal Ombudsman 2018 Annual Conference
October 11, 2018  Ombuds Day Launch Reception
October 4, 2017  United States Ombudsman Association's 38th Annual Conference
April 24, 2017  International Ombudsman Association: The Education Conflict Resolution
April 20, 2017  Education Conflict Resolution: Establishing Ombuds Programs in K-12 Schools
March 26, 2017  National School Board Association: The Educational Ombudsman - A Valuable Tool for Early Dispute Resolution
April 19, 2016  Mediating on the Inside
March 17, 2016  The International Concerns of Global Business in Aerospace and Defense
February 12, 2016  International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Trends: What to Expect in 2016 and Beyond
September 6-8, 2012  National Roundtable on Consumer and Employment Dispute Resolution
March 30, 2012  Thoughtful Drafting and Business Lawyer/Litigator Collaboration to Avoid Drawbacks and Make Arbitration Work for the Client
June 8, 2009  "An ADR Professional’s Guide: Health Care Industry Cultural Differences and Regulatory ADR Framework"
June 25, 2008  "Ombuds and Other Alternatives to Preventing, Managing and Resolving Disputes"
April 13, 2008  "Current Legal Issues For Ombudsman Programs"
June 12, 2006  “Advising Clients on ADR Processes and Some Thoughts on Where the Field is Headed”
October 4, 2002  Hamden, CT: Quinnipiac University School of Law. Barry Hawkins serves as a panelist to the Connecticut Bar Association John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium
October, 1998  Essence of Dispute Resolution for Business Lawyers
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