Mediation/Arbitration

Many companies and individuals have learned through experience that litigation can be a costly and time consuming process.  The risk is high, and the outcome is uncertain.  To address these concerns, Dungan & LeFevre offers proven, professional alternative dispute resolution services through mediation and arbitration.

Mediation

Mediation is usually much less expensive than litigation, and the dispute is resolved in less time.  Unlike litigation, the disputing parties are in control of the outcome, instead of a judge and jury, and the parties are free to create their own solutions to the problems.

At Dungan & LeFevre, Steve Justice provides private mediation services.  Mr. Justice is often retained as a mediator to resolve civil disputes and avoid the significant costs associated with litigation and trial.  Mr. Justice received his mediation and negotiation training at the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.  He privately mediates both federal and state court lawsuits, and he mediates disputes that have not progressed to formal litigation.  Mr. Justice has extensive class action experience in single and multi-district litigation.  Therefore, he handles both dual and multi-party mediations.  Because of the breadth of his litigation experience, Mr. Justice mediates cases involving a wide variety of legal fields, including:

  • Business/commercial dispute mediation
  • Environmental and toxic tort mediation
  • Personal injury and tort claim mediation
  • Medical negligence mediation
  • Wrongful Death mediation
  • Employment mediation
  • Construction mediation
  • Real estate mediation
  • Product liability mediation
  • Probate mediation
  • Civil Rights/Discrimination mediation

Arbitration

Arbitration is another alternative to litigation.  The format is similar to litigation, but the atmosphere is more relaxed.  Instead of a judge and jury, the dispute is determined by an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators, who typically have expertise in the legal field under dispute.  Witnesses testify and evidence is presented at a hearing, but a determination typically is reached more quickly and with less cost than formal litigation.  The parties often have more freedom to tailor the arbitration process to enhance its time and cost saving benefits, as opposed to formal litigation.

Steve Justice offers arbitration services as an individual arbitrator or on a panel of arbitrators in the same areas of dispute in which he provides mediation services.  A typical two-party private arbitration typically costs no more than $150 per hour per side.