Overview

Alternative dispute resolution—either mediation or arbitration—has become increasingly popular with most clients, particularly sophisticated ones facing complex disputes. These clients invariably want to explore mediation before proceeding down the expensive and lengthy path of litigation.

At Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, we highly encourage this approach because we believe mediation options are not only cost effective but empowering. In most instances, clients want a swift resolution to their dispute so they can get back to fully concentrating on the success of their business. Mediation can often provide a swift solution. Clients also want to maintain as much control as possible while the dispute is resolved. Mediation offers that control, where litigation puts a client’s destiny in the hands of a judge or jury.

Our team of mediators has decades of experience both inside and outside the courtroom. Because of this deep experience, we can quickly grasp the nuances and dynamics of even the most complex situations. And we take pride in our ability to find innovation solutions at the mediation table—saving our clients both time and money.

When we are representing a client on one side of a dispute, dedication to their position is our focus. We devote the time needed to fully prepare for any unexpected variables and we work diligently to achieve the outcome our client’s desire—even as that evolves during negotiations.

As third-party mediators, our goal is act as an unbiased, but not uninvolved facilitator between disputing parties. Our goal is to bring both sides closer together by first hearing and understanding their positions. Then we offer a high-level evaluation of the issues and provide thoughtful suggested paths forward that inspire trust and cooperation from both sides.

We are perceptive, clear-eyed counselors when we directly represent clients or when we serve as third-party facilitators. Our goal is to always provide disputants with savvy assessments of the risks, costs, and benefits of each aspect of a dispute.

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