Westport Mediation & Collaboration Lawyers
Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC offers its clients alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and collaboration. In certain cases mediation and collaboration can be appropriate alternatives to litigation and more cost-effective, as well. In our opinion, for mediation and collaboration to be successful, the parties must want to get on with their lives, be committed to the process and be able to conduct themselves with the utmost civility toward each other. They must have a certain degree of trust in one another to be able to streamline the discovery process, which would likely be much more exhaustive if they engaged in litigation. For parties on relatively amicable terms, mediation or collaboration can alleviate some of the stress associated with divorce, custody, parenting plans and post-judgment matters and save time and expense.
Because we are also experienced litigators at Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC and are in court on a regular basis, including acting as Special Masters, we offer our clients who choose mediation or collaboration a valid context and knowledgeable perspective as to the appropriate parameters for settlement.
Additionally, at Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC, we have the ability to offer a team approach to mediation and collaboration. When clients request it, we are able to provide two lawyers who act in concert but may bring different perspectives or approaches to the table.
In addition to a pure mediation or collaboration approach, Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC subscribes to the concept of attempting to mediate and collaborate on issues or an entire case within the litigation process. In these cases, while we act as advocates for our clients, we attempt to “lower the temperature” through four-way meetings with the parties and counsel. If everyone is in agreement, this approach can be used at any time during the litigation process. Sometimes it is appropriate to start off in this manner. In other cases it works well once the litigation process has progressed to a point where the climate is conducive to a more cooperative approach. And many times, a mediation or collaborative approach is successful toward the end of a case and leads to a mutually beneficial resolution without the need for trial. We sometimes encourage people involved in more complex divorces to consider mediation or collaboration as a supplement to litigation. In many cases, this approach can facilitate a more respectful environment that can lead to fair and equitable resolutions.
In summary, we believe in mediation and collaboration in certain cases for the right reasons. We are flexible and sensitive to our clients’ needs and adapt our posture and tone accordingly. However, should these alternative dispute approaches not be appropriate or fail during the process for any reason, our lawyers at Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC are adept in achieving our clients’ goals through litigation.