The parties may utilize a particular ADR procedure by including a mandatory mediation and/or arbitration clause in their contract, or by agreeing to use one of these procedures after a dispute has arisen. Mediation is a private, informal dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party — the mediator — meets with the parties both as a group and on an individual basis. Arbitration typically is conducted by one person or by a three-person panel. The use of ADR in business, commercial, insurance, and other disputes generally results in a more expeditious and less expensive process which may be more satisfactory to the parties than a traditional lawsuit. The parties often have input into the selection of the mediator or arbitrator and control over the process, including the date, location, and related scheduling issues. Our attorneys have extensive experience in mediation and arbitration, and are able to participate effectively in any ADR procedure that a court may order or encourage, be it as counsel or as a mediator or arbitrator.