ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) brings clients the advantages of a less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming mediation structure than what transpires during traditional courtroom trials.
Parties who resolve their dispute through the ADR process can directly participate in a collaborative process to determine the terms of their settlement. A common method for ADR is mediation, which involves the intervention of a third person - the mediator. The mediator assists the parties in negotiating a resolution of the issues in conflict so that a solution that is acceptable to both parties is rendered. To level the playing field, the mediator typically meets with the parties at a neutral location.
Another advantage to ADR is privacy, due to the fact that the arbitration is shielded from the public. In addition, the arbitration process moves at a faster pace than court litigation cases.
Attorney Jim Blaszak leads the Firm’s ADR practice group. Practicing law for 50 years, he is a former Magistrate with the Lorain County Common Pleas Court. He’s presided over numerous civil court cases, jury trials, bench trials, and TROs. Jim possesses the qualities needed for fair mediation. He thoughtfully prepares for the mediation, is a good listener, is respectful of the positions of both sides, and offers his viewpoint when warranted to move the process along.
Jim has presided over multiple disputes involving:
- Asbestos Litigation
- Business Disputes
- Class Actions
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death