Alternative Dispute Resolution
More than a slogan, we focus on what matters. We listen to our clients and explore their goals. Often, what matters to a client is to resolve a legal dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible. After all, litigation can be lengthy, time-consuming, distracting, and expensive. Resolutions out of court through negotiation or mediation tend to be cheaper and more efficient. Out-of-court settlements are also frequently kept private and confidential.
In North Carolina, civil cases filed in Superior Court (typically cases where the amount in controversy is $10,000 or more) are ordered to mediation to see if the case can be resolved prior to trial. Alternatively, many civil cases in District Court (typically cases less than $10,000) are ordered to arbitration prior to trial. Arbitration is also commonly required as a means to resolve disputes pursuant to a variety of written agreements.
Our attorneys are very familiar with mediations and arbitrations. We understand the strategic opportunities presented by ADR. Appropriate preparation for mediation or arbitration is critical to making the most of those opportunities.
Our firm has been a leader in establishing ADR in North Carolina. The seeds of North Carolina’s ADR revolution were first sown by one of our firm’s founding members, Charles Fulton. When Charlie was President of the North Carolina Bar Association in 1983-1984, he headed a task force to examine various methods of ADR throughout the country and to discuss implementation of those mechanisms in our state. An ADR program was formally begun in the early 1990s, and today ADR is flourishing in North Carolina.
Mike Medford and John McMillan are among a number of Manning Fulton lawyers who are certified as Superior Court mediators. Each of them has successfully completed the extensive training required for certification by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Our certified mediators apply their skills both to court-ordered proceedings and to other forms of ADR.
Manning Fulton’s trial lawyers know the most appropriate and effective strategies to follow to advance or to defend your interests in litigation. When arbitration or mediation will produce the best results for you, we have the knowledge and experience to focus on what matters.