An alternative to trial.
As mediators and arbitrators, we assist in the resolution of civil claims of all sorts, including those involving commercial disputes, construction defects, employment contracts, and workers compensation issues. Attorneys, litigants and judges all across the State of Minnesota look to us to serve as arbitrators and mediators in several hundred cases each year.
Mediation is the process by which litigants meet to negotiate a mutually satisfactory settlement of their dispute so as to avoid the risks, expense and uncertainty of trial. Our experienced mediators consult with each side in an effort to fairly evaluate claims. Our years of experience in trying cases give us the insights and knowledge to assist in this process.
In arbitration we are called upon to decide the outcome of disputes submitted by the advocates on each side, listening to the testimony and reviewing the evidence presented. (Arbitrators are neutral decision-makers, as opposed to mediators, who are neutral facilitators.) This process is far less expensive than trial, and the parties can be assured of a decision that is both expedited and based upon a totally neutral evaluation of the circumstances of the case.
Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for Mediation and Arbitration sessions without person-to-person contact. We are able to conduct Mediations and Arbitrations in any form desired by the parties whether it be by telephone conference, videoconference or otherwise. We strive to ensure good communication and comfort for the parties involved in the Mediation and Arbitration process.
Mediation and Arbitration for Businesses Attorneys
James A. Schaps has been a litigator in both workers’ compensation and personal injury liability cases for over 35 years. Over the last 20 years, he has also regularly served as a Mediator/Arbitrator in workers’ compensation and personal injury liability matters and mediates 150+ injury claims annually.
“Jamie” is a proponent of Hansen Dordell’s open and friendly client services environment. “Some firms can get hung up on their ‘image’ as lawyers but that’s not the case at Hansen Dordell. There has never been a client or a lawyer who has told me they were ‘uncomfortable’ in our office. While we deal with serious issues affecting people’s lives, we don’t forget that our clients comes first; they are the most important part of our job.”
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