Alternative Dispute Resolution: Understanding Your Options

Going to court is not always the best way to resolve a legal dispute. Litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. It typically results in an all-or-nothing decision versus a give-and-take compromise. Even after a judgment is rendered at the trial level, appeals may draw out the final decision for years or even decades.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is the process of resolving legal conflicts without going to trial. In the context of Texas business law, there are two main types of ADR methods: mediation and arbitration. Mediation uses a neutral third party to facilitate negotiations with the end goal of reaching a win-win settlement. Arbitration is essentially an expedited trial before a private judge, often with less pretrial process, the results of which are often confidential. Both methods involve far greater flexibility — and far less expense — than traditional litigation.

Well-Rounded Experience Protecting Clients' Interests

At the Dallas law office of Stephen Kaplan, P.C., we are experienced in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. This well-rounded background gives us a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each. Drawing on valuable insight gained through nearly 40 years of business law practice, lawyer Stephen Kaplan helps clients determine which approach is best suited for their situation. He has the knowledge and experience to protect clients' interests before judges, juries or arbitrators.

Our ultimate goal is to help our business clients succeed through whatever approach best protects their interests.

Attorney Kaplan is an accomplished litigator. As a result, he is always prepared to go to court if needed. His strong negotiation and conflict management skills also benefit clients. Highly trained in all types of ADR, he advises clients on the legal consequences flowing from each option.

To enlist our assistance with any type of business-related conflict resolution, please call 214-346-6048. You may also contact us online. Your initial phone consultation is free of charge.