Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, can minimize cost and disruption.

We advise our clients on how to reduce or avoid risk when it comes to their business or personal transactions and investments. However, sometimes risk is unavoidable. Mediation is a viable alternative to litigation, and many courts either require or encourage parties to engage in mediation before trial. Because mediation often leads to early dispute resolution, this process can help to minimize your costs and time away from your business. Our attorneys have attended numerous mediations involving a wide range of issues, and are well-versed in negotiation strategies and assisting clients with reaching an agreement early in the dispute process.

Arbitration, now required by many commercial agreements, involves the presentation of evidence to a neutral third-party — the arbitrator — who will ultimately render a binding decision. We frequently represent our clients before arbitrators, and are well-versed in the procedures and rules governing complex arbitration proceedings. Arbitration can offer many benefits over traditional litigation, and we are ready to help you take advantage of them.

Many of our attorneys have extensive experience serving as mediators and arbitrators, in all types of disputes. The following attorneys include mediators trained through the University of Missouri and approved to serve as mediators in federal courts, as well as attorneys approved as mediators and arbitrators by the American Arbitration Association:


William J. DeBauche
John L. Hayob
G. Steven Ruprecht