The vast majority of lawsuits never even reach a courtroom. Most cases can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – typically through arbitration or mediation. Specifically, mediation occurs when two sides with separate legal representation have a disagreement and meet to find a solution that satisfies both parties with the assistance of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. If you are involved in a mediation, it is in your best interest to retain the assistance of a skilled legal professional to represent your rights throughout the process of negotiation.

For more than 40 years, Colson Hicks Eidson has worked to resolve the disputes of our clients. Our mediation lawyers offer experienced nationwide representation. They use their knowledge of mediation law to find the best strategies and satisfactory solutions in alternative dispute resolutions. They have law offices in Miami.


Mediation has many advantages that may suit your legal needs. This process is a viable option if you consider any of the following important in your dispute:

  • You want to resolve the case quickly. Lawsuits can last months or even years, and you may need the case to reach a resolution soon. If you cannot negotiate a settlement with the other party, mediation may be your best option. Most mediation sessions require only a few hours to reach a conclusion.
    • You want the case to remain confidential. In a courtroom, only a judge can issue a special order that secures information from the public. The public will have access to most of the details of the lawsuit, Additionally, nothing said in the courtroom is private. In contrast, what individuals say during mediation cannot be revealed to the public, with few exceptions.
    • You wish to remain on good terms with the other party. If your lawsuit involves a co-worker, business partner, landlord, family member, or anyone with whom you have a familial, business, or other types of relationship, you may consider mediation. Lawsuits can seriously damage relationships that you may wish to preserve. A quick and fair mediation session can resolve a dispute while allowing you to remain on positive terms with the other party.
    • Most non-criminal legal issues can also benefit from mediation. Additionally, this process can even resolve some disputes that the legal system has no formal method of handling.


If you are dealing with a legal issue of any kind, you may be able to opt into a form of alternative dispute resolution known as mediation. When you and the other involved parties agree to participate in mediation, you will each be hoping to retain as much of your desires as possible. However, with mediation, you will nearly always have to be prepared to give some to obtain a favorable outcome.

With that in mind, you can expect both sides to have the opportunity to present their case. This will include the presentation of evidence, including witness statements, expert testimony, medical records, bank statements, and any other documentation that could help support their case. Once both parties have been heard, the mediator will step in and attempt to help you resolve your legal issues amicably.

The mediator may suggest that one party give more in one area and receive another. It may be in your best interests to go over what areas you remain steadfast in which you are willing to settle if you hope to resolve your case through mediation. It is important to keep in mind that decisions in mediation are not legally binding.

You will need to get your new agreement legalized in court for the agreement to be legally binding. This is different from the alternative dispute resolution option known as arbitration, where the arbitrator ultimately has the final decision in the case.


It is more common than you might think for legal disputes to not be resolved in mediation. In the event you are unable to work out an agreement with a mediator, other alternative dispute resolution options may be available to you.

For example, you may be able to have your case heard in arbitration. Here, both parties will have the opportunity to present their case before an arbitrator who will ultimately make the final decision in your case. Decisions made by arbitrators are legally binding and not eligible for appeal.

You might also consider trying a collaborative approach. Here, both parties will need to be willing to work together to resolve your legal dispute. Should none of these alternative dispute resolutions fit your legal troubles, you will need to discuss your options further with your Florida ADR mediation lawyer.

Ultimately, you may need to bring your case to court if you hope to obtain the most favorable outcome in your case. However, you can find out more about what to expect from your mediation proceedings and your backup plans if mediation fails when you contact your attorney to discuss the details of your case.


If you believe mediation could be your best option to work through a disagreement, speak with a dispute resolution lawyer at Colson Hicks Eidson.

Our mediation attorneys will work with you to ensure that we uphold your best interests during alternative dispute resolution. Call our mediation law firm today at 305-476-740 or complete our online contact form to schedule your confidential case evaluation.

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