Mediation & Arbitration Lawyers Serving Phoenix
When most people think about an attorney, they think about litigation and
court proceedings. This is understandable, but there are attorneys with
diverse experience who also have a background in mediation and arbitration.
If you think mediation or arbitration may make sense for your legal issues,
our Phoenix attorneys at Thies & Lihn, PLLC, two of whom serve as
judge pro tems for the Maricopa County Superior Court, have the skills
and experience necessary to serve as mediators and arbitrators assisting
others in quickly and efficiently resolving disputes. Based on our diverse
experience as litigators, our team offers mediation or arbitration as
a cost effective and economical alternative to resolution of legal disputes
through trial. We also find that resolution of cases through mediation
or arbitration can provide the added benefit of allowing the parties to
minimize the emotional toll that often accompanies resolution of disputes
through more traditional legal avenues.
Call (602) 900-9860 to discuss your case with us in a
Understand the Differences
Because mediation and arbitration are very similar, the subtle nuances
between the two are often overlooked. They are similar in that they are
both good alternatives to filing a formal lawsuit and going to trial.
Both strategies can be used prior to a trial in an attempt to settle out
of court. Opposing parties often first try to negotiate the terms of the
case. If neither of these methods work, the case will then go to trial.
This alternative to trial is conducted with a single mediator who is considered
an unbiased, third party. He or she does not make judgments about either
party and does not determine the case in any one person's favor. Instead,
he or she facilitates the discussion and leads the parties to a resolution.
Arbitrations typically involve multiple arbitrators who act similar to
judges in a courtroom. They make decisions about evidence and give written
opinions based on the facts and stories presented. Each party typically
selects an arbitrator, and those two select a third arbitrator to hear
the case. The three then use majority rule to make a decision.
Types of Cases
Examples of cases that utilize mediation and arbitration methods include:
- Small business ownership
- Probate and estate disputes
Mediation is also common in disputes that stem from personality differences
of interpersonal issues between neighbors, roommates, spouses, or coworkers.
Our lawyers at Thies & Lihn, PLLC are also experienced mediators and
arbitrators. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen carefully and
clearly communicate with our clients. These skills are helpful during
arbitration and mediation as the conversations are based on discussion
Call us today at (602) 900-9860.