Mediation & Arbitration

Litigation can often be costly, protracted, and stressful. For many large-scale disputes, there may be no choice but to go to court, but for many cases, clients are better served by using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), or other collaborative methods. Such methods, including mediation and arbitration, can save clients money and bring about a faster, less contentious solution to their legal troubles.

The attorneys of the Law Offices of McQuain, DeHardt & Rosenbloom, P.C. are well-known for their mediation and arbitration practice. Jay DeHardt is regarded by many judges as one of the best Kansas City lawyers providing divorce mediation services. He is routinely appointed as a discovery commissioner, and in all has handled hundreds of mediations in both Missouri and Kansas.

Our alternative dispute resolution practice involves more than divorce mediation services, however. We apply mediation and arbitration to all kinds of civil disputes, including:

  • Business disputes: employment disputes, contract disputes, etc.
  • Construction disputes
  • Personal injury cases
  • Disputes involving taxes
  • All matters of family law and divorce, including child custody

Mediation and Arbitration Basics:In mediation, an impartial third party, called a mediator, is appointed to find common ground between the people or companies that are in dispute. The mediator helps the parties and their attorneys come to their own decisions instead of having a judge dictate an outcome. Because the parties have collaborated on a resolution, they are often able to preserve some sort of amicable relationship after the dispute is resolved.

Arbitration is different in that an arbitrator is appointed who makes a final decision that both parties typically must follow. However, an arbitrator is different from a judge in that the arbitrator is often chosen by the two parties in dispute, and arbitration proceedings are more private and informal.