Experienced Michigan Attorneys
Toll Free

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Even the most successful trial attorneys realize that not every case calls for the same strategy and not every case should go to trial. In many cases, seeking an alternative method of dispute resolution is the right choice for reducing costs and finding an amicable, more durable solution.

At Willis Law, our experienced lawyers help individuals and businesses in western Michigan explore all of their dispute resolution options, including litigation, mediation and arbitration. We can be relied upon to look out for your best interest at every phase of your case and pursue the best strategy for achieving your desired outcome.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Our firm can advise you on alternative methods of resolving your disputes out of court, primarily arbitration and mediation:

  • Arbitration: In arbitration, a private, third-party arbitrator (or, in some cases, a panel of arbitrators) will make a decision in the matter after listening to each side present their case. In binding arbitration, the decision is final. In non-binding arbitration, the parties retain the option of deciding to go to court if they disagree with the arbitrator's decision. While arbitration functions like a "mini-trial," it is often half the cost of taking the same issue to trial.
  • Mediation: In mediation, a third party also has a crucial role. A neutral mediator works closely with each party and his or her attorneys in order to come to an agreement. It is expected that each side will have to compromise in order to achieve an outcome that both sides consider agreeable. Mediation tends to minimize the animosity associated with the decision, and parties feel more empowered than if a judge was left to make a decision in a trial.

Case Evaluation

This is a less well-known ADR process that clients often have many questions about. Case evaluation is typically scheduled in a case that has already proceeded through the discovery process. In a case evaluation, a panel of three lawyers will examine the case and make a recommendation for settlement after sizing up the parties. If your case goes to case evaluation, we can counsel you on your options and determine whether it is in your best interest to accept the recommendation or proceed to trial.

Think ADR may be right for you? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our mediation and arbitration attorneys. We will walk you through all your options and make sure your case goes down the right path. We have offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.

Click here for a Free Consultation today

Hear It From Our Clients 

The Opinions That Matter 
  • “Very professional and knowledgeable. Great to work with. Would highly recommend.”

    - Frank S.
  • “We’ve needed legal services in the past and had a great experience. The staff is kind and professional. Michael was a huge help with our trust – it’s a great deal of information and he was patient and ...”

    - Anonymous
  • “Thanks for excellent, professional service!”

    - Anonymous
  • “As first-time clients, we were treated great. All of our questions were answered, and we would definitely refer friends and return for other services.”

    - Brett & Julie B.
  • “The efficiency of the Willis staff and the kindness and respect shown by Mariko and her colleagues (Patty & everyone really) was exceptional - Thank you!”

    - Anonymous
/

Choosing the Right Firm Makes 
a Difference

  • EMPATHY & DEPENDABILITY

    We are considerate to exemplify good work ethics. Our lawyers strive to actively participate and engage in your feelings or ideas.

  • INTEGRITY, HONESTY, & ACCOUNTABILITY

    Willis Law adheres to a code of moral and ethical standards, is truthful in all things, and takes responsibility for our actions.

  • SERVICE TO OTHERS

    We demonstrate compassion and consideration for others, putting your needs or desires ahead of our own to treat you the way you appreciate being treated.

  • ROOTS FROM A JUDGE

    Sons of a former chief judge, Frank Willis.

Place Your Legal Concerns 
Into Our Capable Hands

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.