Mediation and Arbitration

In today’s business world, it is becoming more and more common for contracts to include arbitration and mediation as alternatives to litigation. What’s the difference between mediation and arbitration? Mediation is a facilitation, negotiation process in which a trained mediator works to bring the parties to an agreement. Arbitration is a hearing process in which parties bring their dispute to someone for a decision.

Both methods require a knowledgeable mediator or arbitrator with judicial experience, business acumen, and interpersonal skills that will increase the effectiveness of his/her ability to help both sides weigh realistic options and tradeoffs. Our mediators and arbitrators are all accomplished attorneys with years of both trial and transactional experience. Our attorneys have attended mediation training through the University of Idaho College of Law Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute and the American Health Lawyers Association. In addition, we are one of two American Health Lawyers Association panel mediators in Idaho specially trained to handle medical and healthcare disputes including medical malpractice, physician licensing and credentialing, peer review practice group issues, and third party payor reimbursement issues.