By Miriam Rich, Rich Legal Services
Whether mediation or arbitration, mini-trials or private judges, many more litigators are utilizing ADR tools, and these are great tools to put in the loops of every litigator's belt.
Old-school litigation, in which the parties conduct complete and thorough discovery via formal processes and then proceed to bench or jury trial, is going the way of Humpty Dumpty. Costs associated with that approach, as well as technological advances and juror attitudes, have made that formula unacceptable to many clients.
This article provides not only insight into one area of the law where the use of ADR is expanding, but it also reminds readers of opportunities to provide for mandatory ADR when drafting agreements.
ADR techniques are as important in today's practice of law as litigation techniques. Be sure to serve your clients well by considering these processes and developing your ADR skill set.
The IndyBar ADR Section provides opportunities throughout the year to help do just that. Subscribe to ADR Section updates here and keep an eye out for upcoming events, including Mediation Day on May 22!
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