Amicus’ ADR Services

Non-Binding Mediation

Mediation is a process in which parties meet with a mutually selected, neutral party who uses his or her legal expertise who assists them in the resolution of their dispute. The mediator acts as a settlement facilitator as he or she privately expounds on the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case.

This forum provides great flexibility in that decision making power is totally in the control of the parties as they are not bound by the mediation proceedings. The Mediation process is quite effective in that on average 80% of the cases mediated, settle at the conference table.

Binding Arbitration

An ADR forum where parties agree, by contract to submit their dispute to a neutral, arbitrator who will render a decision that the parties agree to be bound by. In general, the arbitrator is a neutral person chosen by the parties. The arbitrator reads the submission materials supplied by all parties, hears testimony, examines evidence and renders an award/decision on the case as to liability/damages or both.

Unless otherwise agreed, the decision is non appeal-able and legally binding.

High-Low Arbitration

An arbitration proceeding where parties agree in advance to high/low parameters that will govern the arbitrator’s award. In essence, the high/low acts as a ceiling and floor that cap or limit the arbitrator’s award.

If the arbitrator’s award is within the high/low range, the award as outlined is paid. If however the arbitrator’s award is below the low, the low figure is guaranteed. If the award is above the high, the award is reduced to the pre agreed upon high figure.

The high and low figures, unless otherwise agreed, typically are NOT revealed to the arbitrator.

Tri-Panel Arbitrator

An ADR forum where parties agree, by contract to submit their dispute to a panel of 3 arbitrators who will collaborate and render a decision that the parties agree to be bound by. A tri-panel is typically recommended on cases with value exceeding $100,000 cases.

Paper Arbitration

A paper Arbitration is similar to a binding arbitration in that the parties submit their dispute to an arbitrator who will render a binding decision. However, in a paper Arbitration, no testimony is presented and there is no hearing. All arguments are presented to the arbitrator by way of a paper submission. This forum is well suited for smaller value disputes (Cases with damages under $25,000.00) or coverage disputes.