Editor: Please share with us your thoughts about establishing in-house
expertise in arbitration and mediation. Is ADR representation something that general counsel should look for outside counsel to provide, or is there a need for this kind of expertise within the legal department?
Editor: Is ADR still a less expensive alternative to litigation?
Dreier: In short: "Yes" for both mediation and arbitration.
Mediation avoids most discovery, and the expensive, intense and emotional wait for and cost of trial. Results are negotiated, not imposed by a judge or jury or subject to costly appeals. You can obtain innovative results beyond the...