home pic 10Blair Mediation offers a full range of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. These services include:

Mediation: Mediation is an assisted negotiation. In this informal process a neutral person conducts discussions among the disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on all or any part of the issues in dispute.

Arbitration: Arbitration is the referral of a dispute to one or more impartial arbitrators for a decision based upon the evidence and arguments presented to the arbitration panel. The decision can be either binding or non-binding. Binding arbitration is considered by some to be quicker, simplier and less expensive than litigation. 

Special Master: Rule 53 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure permits any trial judge to appoint a Special Master to serve in a pending case. The order of reference from the trial court will typically set out the scope of the master’s powers, the issues to be determined, and may fix the time for the hearings and the final report. The master may hear evidence, require production of documents, and make findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Mini-Trial: A Mini-Trial is a settlement process in which each side presents an abbreviated summary of its case. A neutral person may preside over the proceeding. Following the presentation, the parties or their representatives seek a negotiated settlement of the dispute.

Case Evaluation: Early Neutral Evaluation or Case Evaluation is a process in which a neutral person or three-person panel, called an evaluator or evaluation panel, after receiving brief presentations by the parties summarizing their positions, identifies the central issues in dispute, as well as areas of agreement, provides the parties with an assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of their case, and, if requested, offers an evaluation of the case.

Summary Jury Trial: The Summary Jury Trial is an abbreviated trial with a jury in which litigants present their evidence in an expedited fashion. The litigants and the jury are guided by a presiding neutral person. After an advisory verdict from the jury, the presiding neutral person may assist the litigants in a negotiated settlement of their controversy.

Discovery Referee: When acting as a Discovery Referee, the neutral resolves discovery disputes much like a special master with the specific authority granted by a trial court.

Fact Finding: The parties submit a particular issue or set of issues in a case to the neutral. The neutral determines the relevant facts from the evidence. The parties decide beforehand whether the neutral’s findings are binding or not.