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What is ADR?

ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution,  it is another way to resolve a dispute between individuals without being involved in a long, taxing court case. Mediation is one of the many forms of ADR.

Mediation is where the people involved in a dispute have a 3rd party intervene either at their own behest or because of a suggestion from a lawyer or judge. The mediator works with the people involved to attempt to come up with a solution that is beneficial to all parties involved. Mediation is a less costly, less time-consuming practice than a court case, and typically results in a better final outcome for everyone involved. The mediator will do their best to try to have the parties involved come to an agreement, though if one cannot be reached, the people involved may still pursue a court case.

Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR includes several different forms of conflict resolution that don’t result in going to trial. The purpose of ADR is to successfully resolve conflicts and increase the tools already available for peacefully resolving conflicts.

Some of the methods of ADR include: arbitration, collaborative or cooperative law, early neutral evaluation, family group conferencing, mediation, mini-trial, parenting coordination, private juggling, sentencing circles, special master, summary jury trial, and judicial settlement conferences.

The two most frequently used methods in the above list are mediation and arbitration. Arbitration is the more limited option of the two, since the arbiter makes the final decision after the two parties involved have discussed what resolution would be best. In mediation, the parties involved make the final decision.

What are the benefits of ADR?

Time: ADR takes much less time than a trial or lawsuit, which can take years. ADR only takes months, sometimes only weeks.
Money: Parties don’t have to spend money on court fees, attorney fees, and other expenses associated with litigation.
Increased Control: Parties have much more control over the decisions reached than they would in a court case.
Preserve relationships: Relationships between parties don’t suffer as much through mediation as they may with a trial.
Increased Satisfaction: There isn’t the typical winner/loser outcome that comes with litigation; both parties can leave mediation as winners.
Improve Attorney-Client Relationships: Clients tend to have better relationships with attorneys who seem to be putting their needs and satisfaction first.

Court mediation has expanded and developed all over the country, as have the resources to improve programs that promote mediation. When mediation first began, a lot of attorneys were resistant to the idea of having the parties themselves with the assistance of a mediator settle the case out of court. Why wouldn’t they be hesitant to embrace the idea?

Mediation takes away from attorneys winning cases in court which is not only good for their bank accounts, but also for their reputations. Chief Just Burger states, “The entire legal profession—lawyers, judges, law professors—has become so mesmerized with the stimulation of the courtroom that we tend to forget that we ought to be healers of conflicts…Our system is too costly, too painful, too destructive, and too inefficient for a truly civilized people.”

Most cases that are filed don’t end up going to court but end up in settlement because the cost of actually going to trial is far more than most people or companies are willing to pay, which is one of the reasons that mediation has become such a popular choice. Since mediation is rapidly growing, “Many judges still take the time to mention ADR/mediation from the bench.” and “The CRC 3.221 requires all California Superior Courts to provide an ADR package with every case filing.”

Attorneys have a more personal relationship with their client than the judge does, in the sense that they spend more time with their client and are supposed to have their best interest in mind while acting as their attorney, so it would make much more sense for the clients’ attorney to mention mediation than it would to have the judge mention it to them.

Attorneys have a responsibility to discuss the option of ADR/Mediation with their clients. Attorneys will most likely still be resistant to mediation because of the potential loss in income for them, but at least some of them will come to see that their first priority is their client’s happiness.

With the alternative of using mediation compared to a long, costly trial, it is difficult to believe that there are still cases that go to trial.

ADR has now become the ‘norm’ instead of the alternative to a court case, and it is expanding every day.

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Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.