ADR Chambers: Med/Arb
Some cases benefit from having the same neutral be the mediator and, if the case does not settle, the arbitrator. The Med/Arb process can give parties the benefits of mediation with a process that will produce a binding decision if the parties cannot agree.
The mediator first tries to help the parties find a solution that works for both of them. If there is no agreement, the mediator changes hats and becomes an arbitrator. The arbitration in a Med/Arb is usually less expensive and faster than a regular arbitration because it is not necessary to educate the arbitrator as much as is usually necessary (because the arbitrator has already mediated the case).
If you are interested in a med/arb, please contact us.