Mr. Anderson is an experienced arbitrator and mediator who can help you resolve your dispute without the cost and delay of going through today's court system. Mr. Anderson is a registered arbitrator with the Deschutes County Circuit Courts, the Arbitration Service of Portland, and the Oregon State Bar. He has served as arbitrator in more than 50 cases over the last ten years.

Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding procedure. It is essentially a settlement conference, with no obligation to reach a resolution. A good mediator will listen to each side and help guide the parties to a middle ground.

Arbitration can be voluntary or involuntary and is a binding procedure. Many private contracts include "arbitration provisions," which require arbitration of a dispute, either as a condition before filing a lawsuit or as a final resolution. In Deschutes County, cases seeking $50,000.00 or less are required to go through arbitration. An arbitration is like a mini-trial, with the arbitrator (sometimes a panel of three arbitrators) making a final decision.

The benefits of mediation and arbitration include privacy and an expedited resolution. In the event of private arbitration or mediation, there is no need to file a lawsuit and no publication of the case caption in the local newspaper. A good arbitrator can tailor the procedure to fit the parties' specific needs. A prompt, final arbitration decision can allow the parties to return to their normal, productive lives.

Benefits of Private Arbitration vs. Court Litigation

Arbitration of disputes through arbitration instead of court involves several significant benefits and advantages: ·       Insurance against “outlier” results:   Jurors often have little or no experience in a given area, and the chances that all or even most jurors will have applicable experience is slim to none.  Judges are often appointed or elected based on

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Three things to remember when hiring a trial lawyer.

  Litigation is about money.  Make sure you talk to your lawyer about possible outcomes, relative likelihood of each possible conclusion, and cost relative to the expected aftermaths.  If you feel an emotional need for litigation, think about it, and try to attach some quantitative value to the equation.  The average case costs $30,000.00 to

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Advantages of ADR.

Have you heard the complaint that litigation—taking someone to court—is too expensive?  That it favors the wealthy?  Takes forever to actually get to trial?  The unfortunate reality is that there is truth to all of these statements.  ADR—or Alternative Dispute Resolution—can provide a solution to these problems.  There are many types of ADR, including mediation,

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