In an arbitration, parties select a neutral, or panel of neutrals, to decide the merits of their case. It is an alternative to litigation.
In mediation, the parties control the outcome through a structured negotiation process designed by the mediator. In arbitration, on the other hand, the focus of the parties is on the process. As one report put it,
"It represents parties' freedom of choice, the freedom to design a resolution process that fits their needs and expectations, that balances their notions of due process with efficiency, and that selects a decision maker who they believe will best understand their custom and practice and apply the norms and standards of their field to arrive at a wise, fair and equitable determination of their dispute."
With limited exceptions, an arbitration award is enforceable in court both domestically and internationally.
Jeff is available to serve as a neutral on panels deciding a select range of commercial disputes in which he has extensive experience as an attorney and advisor. He is currently on several arbitration panels including the Massachusetts Legal Fee Arbitration Board and the Better Business Bureau.