Alternative Dispute Resolution

Sideman & Bancroft offers the services of attorneys who are highly skilled and experienced in serving in a neutral capacity in appropriate matters. These attorneys may be retained to serve as mediators, arbitrators, temporary judges, and neutral evaluators, to resolve disputes of litigating parties.

Mediation of Civil Cases
Several of our civil litigators have formal training and certification as mediators for complex business, intellectual property, employment, and other cases pending in state or federal courts, and arbitral and administrative tribunals. They assist parties and their counsel in non-binding mediations in an effort to reach out-of-court resolutions and enduring settlements. Such matters range from two-party disputes to multi-party cases and class actions, regardless of their stage in the litigation process. Some of our greatest successes have been in matters brought to us for mediated resolution even before litigation has been filed. We customize the mediation process to optimize the chances of the parties achieving a mutually acceptable and durable resolution, while helping them avoid the costs, risks and uncertainty of litigation.

Arbitration Services
Several Sideman & Bancroft attorneys are qualified to serve as arbitrators and decide civil disputes in matters in which the parties have contractually agreed to participate in temporary arbitration rather than litigate in court. Our attorneys serving as arbitrators have served as sole arbitrator or on a three-arbitrator panel for disputes in such diverse areas as intra-corporate or partnership disputes, professional liability, intellectual property, real estate, securities, secured transactions, employment, contracts, franchises and e-commerce matters.

Temporary Judging and Mediation in Family Law Cases
Diana Richmond focuses her practice on service as a temporary judge or mediator, and other of our family law attorneys are also skilled mediators in the full range of family law issues, including marital dissolutions, domestic partnership dissolutions, creating and evaluating the effectiveness of premarital, cohabitation and/or marital agreements, child custody, and child and spousal support.