Serving Aurora & the Surrounding Northern Illinois Cities
As experienced civil litigators, the attorneys at Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. are always prepared to go to court, but in many cases, we are able to use methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, to resolve disputes before trial. We appreciate that ADR can often save our clients significant time, money, and uncertainty.
Robert L. Speers has served as a mediator in over 600 cases and as an arbitrator in over 140 cases. Attorneys at Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. also have experience as mediators and arbitrators. The September 2014 issue of Leading Lawyers Magazine (Business Edition) lists Mr. Speers as one of the “Top 10 Leading ADR: PI Neutrals” in Illinois. He is the only one listed outside of Cook County. We conduct ADR at our offices or elsewhere, depending on your needs. Mr. Speers and Mr. Reuland have experience serving on three-person arbitration panels and as sole arbitrators or mediators.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a method of resolving disputes with the assistance of an independent mediator, and involves a mediation conference attended by all parties involved in the dispute, their attorneys, and the mediator. The mediator evaluates the controversy at hand, and helps the parties reach a mutually acceptable conflict resolution. Mediation is non-binding, which means either party can end negotiations before a settlement is reached and seek a judgment in court.
What Is Arbitration?
Arbitration is another method of dispute resolution that keeps legal conflicts outside of the court system, but it is more formal than mediation. If parties agree to arbitration, their case is submitted to a neutral arbitrator or panel of arbitrators who make determinations of liability and damages. A decision reached through arbitration is generally binding and enforceable upon the parties, which means a party cannot seek a different outcome through litigation after entering an arbitration agreement.
Businesses often prefer to settle disputes through arbitration, and often include arbitration clauses in business contracts. This is because arbitration often allows businesses to obtain legally based decisions in less time and at a lower cost than litigation. Arbitration is also considered more flexible and adaptable than litigation, and because it is confidential and less adversarial, it may help preserve business relationships.
Talk to an Experienced Illinois Mediator & Arbitrator about Using ADR in Your Case
To learn more about mediation and arbitration, and how ADR may be used to effectively resolve your litigation case before trial, please contact Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. for a free initial consultation.
If you or your business is in need of a mediator or arbitrator in Northern Illinois, please check Mr. Speers’ availability.