What are Mediations or Arbitrations?

Mediation and Arbitration are alternate means by which parties can reach resolution of a legal claim other than going to court.

What is Mediation?

In a mediation, a neutral, third party acts as a 'mediator.'  A mediator is a person who is presented with both sides of any given case, becomes familiar with the law, and hears the arguments and concerns of both sides.  A mediator is a trusted intermediary who helps both sides see the strengths and weaknesses of their positions and make compromises accordingly.  A mediator does not impose any kind of binding ruling or award in the case, but will make helpful suggestions as to what their impressions are as to the strength or value of a claim.  This helps parties resolve the issue and often leads to full settlement.

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is like mediation in that it involves a person who acts as an intermediary and who is neutral between the two sides.  Like a mediator, the arbitrator is a person who is presented with both sides of any given case, becomes familiar with the law, and hears the arguments and concerns of both sides.  Arbitrators, however, end an arbitration session with a binding legal ruling that puts an end to the case in question.  In order to participate in an arbitration, the parties consent in writing and choose their arbitrator.  As with mediation, an arbitrator will hear the arguments and concerns of both sides.

When You Need A Mediation or Arbitration, Experience Matters

If you are interested in mediation or arbitration, call us at (610) 490-8877.  Emil Giordano is a former Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge and is available to handle your mediation or arbitration case, along with our other local Lehigh Valley lawyers.