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Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

Increasingly, parties in a dispute seek alternatives to traditional litigation, which can be both lengthy and costly. Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) has become a common option to the adversarial system employed in our overburdened courts. Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts have, for the most part, been unable to provide for in-person hearings, bringing to a near-halt the resolution of litigation. As a result, the need for alternatives like arbitration and mediation has been greater than ever.

Mediation is the process by which an experienced mediator facilitates negotiations between opposing parties in an effort to arrive at a fair settlement; the decision is not binding. Arbitration may be required under a prior or current agreement of the parties. The arbitration process is usually less formal, quicker and more cost-effective than a trial. Unlike mediation, a decision resulting from arbitration is typically binding on the parties.

Cohn Lifland has a team of senior and highly experienced litigators who can serve as your mediators or arbitrators. The team includes certified civil trial attorneys and certified matrimonial attorneys. As litigators as well as mediators, we understand the substance of the law and the practical issues of litigation and the mediation process.

Many law firms offer Alternative Dispute Resolution services, but Cohn Lifland offers several advantages:

• We have a number of attorneys – both in civil litigation and matrimonial litigation – available to serve your needs. Because we can not only mediate or arbitrate, but we have extensive experience in different areas of the law, we are able to understand the matter at hand and can knowledgeably evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

• Our offices are open, with multiple conference rooms available, for in-person mediations and arbitrations. For those for whom in-person meetings are not feasible, we have full Zoom capabilities as well.

• Our rates are fair and reasonable and we can expedite matters at a time when the courts cannot.

Cohn Lifland’s civil litigation ADR team includes:

• Barry A. Knopf, Esq.

• Joseph A. Maurice, Esq.

• Charles R. Cohen, Esq.

Cohn Lifland’s matrimonial litigation ADR team:

• Joshua P. Cohn, Esq.

• Geri Landau Squire, Esq.

• Amanda S. Trigg, Esq.

• Julie L. Kim, Esq.