The law firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake announced today that it is establishing a new practice area in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), in which its attorneys are prepared to assist litigants across the Washington, DC, metro area resolve their disputes without going to court.
ADR is a voluntary, consensual process that uses a neutral third party such often a lawyer or retired judge to facilitate the negotiation of a dispute with the goal of reaching a settlement.
Many lawyers at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake are trained to act as neutrals in ADR, using their extensive experience in the law to help people resolve disputes. “Most civil disputes are resolved without filing a lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits that are filed are resolved without going to trial,” said firm Chairman Burt Kahn. “ADR is a well-established procedure that helps people solve their disputes without trials. At Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, we have several attorneys who are both experts in their areas of law and well qualified to help people settle cases.”
ADR has many advantages over extensive litigation and trial. Unlike a trial where the resolution is left to a judge or jury, ADR allows the parties themselves to have more control over the outcome. “It can save a significant amount of money and time,” Kahn says. Furthermore, what happens during the course of an ADR session is confidential and private unlike trials, which are in public view. This confidentiality is often very desirable in disputes involving divorce, child custody and visitation, business and probate disputes.
At Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, we are prepared to assist you, whether you are a party to a dispute or an attorney for a party, in selecting a neutral whose skill set is most appropriate for your case. When making a recommendation, we consider each neutral’s substantive and process expertise, their personality and professional style, and how they might help facilitate dispute resolution.
We can provide highly qualified neutrals in such areas as family law, estates and trusts, medical malpractice, employment disputes, personal injury, commercial and contract disputes, civil rights, and business and shareholder disputes.
About Joseph Greenwald & Laake
For more than 40 years, Joseph Greenwald & Laake has worked with individuals and businesses in Maryland and the District of Columbia, taking on the most complex of legal issues with sophisticated counsel and a personal touch. JGL serves clients in virtually all areas of the law.