Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) often offers clients a more attractive mechanism to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. With the ever-growing number of cases backlogged in state and federal courts, arbitration or mediation typically provides a quicker means to resolve particular disputes. Parties to mediation and arbitration often can better control the costs of dispute resolution by agreeing to curtail prehearing proceedings (motions, depositions, document productions, written discovery), which tend to drive up the cost of traditional lawsuits. ADR proceedings also may appeal to those who prefer to confidentially resolve particularly sensitive business disputes, without the public scrutiny afforded by the court system and the media.

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden attorneys serve as advocates for clients in ADR proceedings, including arbitrations and mediations, providing clients with strategic and pragmatic legal advice. Our attorneys possess deep knowledge of the rules that govern ADR proceedings and routinely guide clients through all stages of arbitration and mediation with exceptional service and results.

Many of our attorneys also serve as mediators of ADR proceedings and have undergone specialized training to become court-certified mediators. Our attorneys can also serve as arbitrators and special masters in certain matters.

The firm’s ADR practice benefits from the insight and experience of the firm’s team of former judges and highly experienced litigators. The ADR team includes special counsel, the Honorable Gary S. Stein (Ret.), who served for more than 17 years as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court; special counsel, the Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz (Ret.), who served as a judge for more than 27 years, including 10 years as a judge in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, including two years as Presiding Judge, 10 years as Presiding Judge of the Family Part and two years as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division in Bergen County; the Honorable Ronny Jo Siegal (Ret.), a partner and former judge who served for more than eight years with the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part; and Barry H. Evenchick, a partner and former chief of the appellate section of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

As the use of ADR has become more popular, so too has the sophistication of the processes we utilize to achieve the best results for our clients. Pashman Stein attorneys have extensive experience mediating cases via videoconferencing when circumstances call for this situation.