Atlanta businesses and their owners face problems every day. Often those problems include disputes with or among:
One way disputes are resolved is through lawsuits filed by attorneys. The other way is to let Marietta lawyer Mark Johnson help resolve your dispute through mediation.
Mediation is one of several alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods used to resolve disputes outside of a courtroom. You and your adversary can both save time and money using mediation because:
Litigating a lawsuit takes time. Judges are responsible for many cases, so scheduling delays are common. Mediation with Mark Johnson can begin without delay.
Lawsuits are subject to evidence rules that provide fixed time periods for formal discovery. Discovery includes the exchange of written questions and answers (interrogatories), documents, stipulations of undisputed facts, and depositions. The rules of court may allot many months to conduct discovery before scheduling a trial on the issues being disputed. Mediation with Mark Johnson can begin without the need for full discovery, and evidence can be obtained on an as-needed basis.
For parties with multiple issues that cannot all be resolved in mediation, some issues may be resolved in mediation first. This leaves fewer issues than originally anticipated to be resolved at trial.
At trial, there is a winner and a loser. In mediation, the parties can create a settlement that they can live with to avoid the risk and expense of losing at trial.
Unlike trials that are open to the public, mediation is done in the privacy of an attorney's office, thus saving the parties potential embarrassment. Settlements reached in mediation are not available to the public (unless the parties mutually agree to disclose the terms of their settlement).
Mark completed his Civil Mediation Training at the Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service in 2008. He is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a neutral — an impartial person who helps people resolve their disputes.
As a mediator, Mark does not decide how to settle your dispute. Rather, he facilitates sessions in which the parties, either meeting jointly or caucusing separately with Mark, compromise to arrive at a resolution that each party can live with.
Mark also assists clients with other forms of mediation, such as binding arbitration, non-binding arbitration, and collaborative dispute resolution.
Learn more about ADR in Georgia by visiting the website of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution.
For an initial consultation to discuss your specific needs and to find out how attorney Mark Johnson can save you time and money by mediating your dispute, please call or contact us online.