New Jersey ADR Mediations Lawyer
Experienced New Jersey ADR Mediations Lawyer Works to Secure Fair Settlements on Behalf of Clients
Being involved in a legal case can induce a lot of stress and anxiety over the time, expense, and uncertainty of resolving the case in court. Trying to resolve the case before going to court or to trial can prove incredibly difficult due to the emotional and financial investment that parties may have in a case. Negotiating a settlement or resolution may seem impossible due to animosity between the parties or an inability to see eye-to-eye. For that reason, many parties involved in a legal claim or dispute will seek to try to resolve their legal dispute in mediation. Mediation at its core is a type of settlement negotiation that involves the services of a neutral third party. If you are going to mediation in your legal or dispute or if you think a mediation might help you efficiently and effectively achieve a resolution in your case, turn to a qualified New Jersey ADR mediations lawyer from Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. for help.
Our firm’s ADR mediation practice, led by a former judge with decades of judicial and mediation experience, has the skills and resources needed to advocate for your rights and interests in mediation and help you pursue a fair and favorable outcome to your claim or dispute.
Contact a New Jersey ADR mediations lawyer from Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. today for a free initial case review to learn more about how our firm can help guide you through the mediation process and pursue a fair and favorable settlement on your behalf.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is one of the most commonly used forms of alternative dispute resolution in New Jersey. Mediation is used in many different kinds of legal claims and disputes, including personal injury claims, employment and labor law cases, and contract disputes. Mediation is often preferred over other types of ADR due to its lower costs and the fact that the parties to the claim or dispute remain in full control of the outcome.
Mediation is a meeting between the parties in a legal case that is facilitated by a neutral third party called a mediator. Mediations are considered non-binding, as the parties are not required to reach a resolution in the mediation, nor can the mediator force the parties to settle or otherwise render a decision in the case. Thus, unlike arbitration or trial where a third party decides the outcome of the parties’ dispute, in a mediation, the parties get to decide what a settlement or resolution looks like.
During the mediation, the mediator will hear each party’s side of the story along with their evidence and legal arguments. The role of the mediator includes:
- Identifying areas of dispute and areas of agreement between the parties.
- Providing a neutral evaluation to each party of the strengths and weaknesses of their legal claims or arguments.
- Proposing compromises or resolutions to various outstanding disputes.
The mediator helps the parties to negotiate a settlement in the case. Mediation may take place over one or more days, with daily sessions lasting several hours. If the parties have not reached a settlement at the end of the scheduled mediation, they may choose to continue the mediation if they believe further efforts will achieve a settlement or resolution, or they may choose to pursue other forms of ADR or to go to litigation.
Let a New Jersey ADR Mediations Lawyer from Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., P.A. Guide You Through the Process of Efficiently Settling Your Legal Dispute
Although mediation may seem like an ideal way to achieve a settlement or resolution, you may not know what the process is like or whether mediation is right for your claim or dispute. A New Jersey ADR mediations lawyer from Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. can offer you straightforward advice and legal counsel so that you understand the process and decide whether mediation might be right to help you achieve a fair and favorable settlement or resolution to your legal claim or dispute.
Our experienced attorneys can help prepare you for a mediation so that you know what to expect, including whether you’ll be asked to speak at the mediation session. Although we recognize that mediation is an opportunity for you to secure a settlement or resolution in your case, we will always look out for your best interests during the proceedings. We’ll help you to determine whether any proposed settlements at the mediation provide you with a fair and favorable outcome. We make sure that mediation serves its intended purpose of putting you in control of the outcome.
Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review to Learn Why Having a Knowledgeable New Jersey ADR Mediations Lawyer on Your Side Can Make the Difference in Securing a Favorable Outcome in Your Case
Call or contact Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. today for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with an experienced New Jersey ADR mediations lawyer about whether mediation might be the right option to help you obtain a fair and favorable outcome in your legal claim or dispute.
Frequently Asked Questions about ADR Mediation in New Jersey
No. The parties are not obligated to reach a settlement in a mediation, and the mediator has no power to require the parties to reach a settlement or issue a decision that is binding on the parties. Although parties may be ordered by the court to participate in mediation prior to going to trial in a legal dispute, there is no obligation that they reach a settlement so long as they participate in the meditation in good faith.
If a mediation session ends without the parties having reached a settlement, the mediator may suggest that the parties participate in additional mediation sessions if the mediator believes the parties are making progress towards a settlement. The parties may also continue informal negotiations towards a settlement based on the progress achieved in a mediation. Parties may choose to engage in another form of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration. Or, parties may decide to ultimately resolve their dispute at trial.