Connecticut Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
The attorneys of Ciulla & Donofrio have experience with all forms of alternative dispute resolution and participate regularly in successful ADR proceedings to achieve results for our clients efficiently and cost-effectively. We represent clients in binding arbitration and non-binding mediation with private ADR providers and through the state and federal court systems. We have also conducted mini-trials to assist our clients in evaluating cases with significant exposure. Attorney Jeffrey M. Donofrio has served as a mediator and an arbitrator in a number of construction law and commercial litigation cases and taught a seminar giving practical pointers for mediation for the New Haven County Bar Association.
Ciulla & Donofrio LLP: Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
Sophisticated Solutions to Complex Legal Problems
Mediation is a very effective alternative dispute resolution tool. Mediation provides parties with an opportunity to resolve their dispute in an informal setting and with the assistance of a skilled, neutral third party. Even if the matter is not resolved at mediation, the process has other advantages, such as (1) the creation of momentum that leads to settlement; (2) the opportunity for a party and its attorney to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of one’s case and the potential risks of further litigation; and (3) narrowing the issues for trial.
At Ciulla & Donofrio, our lawyers know how to maximize the value of a mediation because we know when to conduct mediation, how to select a mediator, how to prepare our clients for mediation, how to present our case at mediation and how to close the deal.
The Ins and Outs of Mediation
Even though mediation is non-binding, successful mediation requires that all parties and their counsel be committed to the process. Counsel must be more than just an advocate for the client. Counsel needs to be well-prepared, patient and creative.
Our attorneys always prepare a concise but comprehensive mediation statement and provide it to the mediator in advance of the meeting. We spend sufficient time with our clients preparing them for the mediation. We review the key documents and the strengths and weaknesses of the case with our clients well in advance so there are no surprises and our clients are able to make informed, rational decisions at mediation. When we settle a case, we do not leave the mediation without an executed Settlement Agreement.
When conducted properly, alternative dispute resolution offers a cost-effective option to the risk and expense of litigation. Our attorneys treat everything we do for every client very seriously and our efforts often produce an opportunity to resolve the dispute favorably at mediation or at the very least, provide a meaningful and productive experience for our clients.
To learn more about our approach to resolving disputes prior to trial, please contact an attorney at Ciulla & Donofrio in North Haven, Connecticut.