Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitrate or mediate. Don't litigate.

Litigation is expensive, time consuming, and exhausting. For these reasons, alternative dispute resolution has been gaining acceptance over the past decade.

We believe in arbitration or mediation rather than litigation.

Our experience in the alternative dispute area includes being an arbitrator for hundreds of cases. We have arbitrated cases that range from a couple thousand dollars to multi-million-dollar disputes.

We have done so for the American Arbitration Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and privately.

Our services include:

  • Arbitration

    Arbitration is a way to resolve disputes outside the courts. As an arbitrator, we apply the law and render an arbitration award that is fair. The arbitration award is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.

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  • Mediation

    Mediation is a process where we assist disputing parties to resolve conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques.

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  • Creative Advocacy

    We often see parties winning the battle, but losing the war. In other words, the party may win the lawsuit, but spend significant amounts of money and experience significant stress over long periods of time, resulting in a disappointing outcome. We advocate zealously for our clients, but appreciate the issues of the opposing parties. We work hard and use our creativity to reach a resolution that pleases our clients prior to expensive and stressful litigation.

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A word from one of our clients...

As an arbitrator, Ken was thorough, thoughtful, and fair to both sides. He showed tremendous appreciation of the practical aspects of the dispute and the legal principles that were in play.

Wallace Lightsey Attorney and Arbitrator


By acting as either an arbitrator or mediator, we keep the parties out of litigation, saving them significant money and stress. Similarly, when our clients get into a dispute, we utilize our creative advocacy to also avoid litigation, which brings with it the same benefits.