Historically, legal disputes are resolved through a trial, which can be time-consuming, emotionally wrenching and costly. Mediation, or alternative dispute resolution, is a process of negotiation in which a skilled neutral third party assists the parties in a civil disagreement to reach an acceptable solution to their dispute without going to trial.
Mediation has a number of advantages over litigation:
– Mediation is quicker
– Mediation is less expensive
– Mediation is less acrimonious
– The client has control over the result
As a mediator, Patrick M. Ardis will work with the parties to identify the issues, explore solutions, and come up with a settlement that all parties can accept.
Mediation is a confidential process; the mediator will not discuss the mediation with anyone outside of the parties involved. The mediator does not decide the outcome of the dispute. The mediator assists the parties to choose the most satisfactory resolution of the disagreement by assisting the parties in their communication so each party can better understand the other’s side. Mediation can not only save time and money, but also reduce stress. Mediation is an informal, private process which leaves control of the outcome in the hands of the parties; they are free to fashion their own resolution which may include a solution a court could not order.
Communication is key in resolving any kind of dispute. In contentious legal disputes, communication between parties often completely breaks down. Communication between two clients and two law firms can seem impossible. Effective decision making involves becoming familiar with the issues then coming together to identify and resolve the issues with the help of a mediator.
Wolff Ardis, P.C. Shareholder Patrick M. Ardis is a member of the court-appointed panel of Court Certified Mediators for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and are approved as mediators in the field of General Civil cases by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Wolff Ardis, P.C. offers cost-effective services for individuals, clients and fellow attorneys in Memphis, Western Tennessee and throughout the state.
Mr. Ardis understands the uncertainties of the jury system since he has over forty years’ of experience as trial lawyers. What better background for a mediator than a career of evaluating, winning, losing and settling cases? With his extensive trial experience, Mr. Ardis is able to grasp issues easily, think fast and change direction quickly when needed. He is adept at thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions. Perhaps most importantly, he knows how to work in volatile situations with people under pressure.
Mr. Ardis can help attorneys, insurers, businesses and individuals resolve personal injury claims, product liability claims, contract disputes, business disputes, insurance disputes or employment disputes. Mr. Ardis can also provide advice to out-of-state attorneys involved in a Tennessee alternative dispute resolution with another mediator.
Let Mr. Ardis use his experience, integrity, skills and creativity to help you resolve your dispute.