Mediation and Arbitration
One of the greatest changes in litigation over the last decade has been the interest of our clients in exploring forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Recently, the South Carolina District of the United States District Court as well as many judicial circuits of our state court have adopted mandatory ADR provisions to their rules of court. But even prior to the adoption of mandatory ADR, attorneys at Clarkson, Walsh, & Coulter, P.A., had served as advocates in many arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Our firm has provided advice and counseling to clients with respect to negotiating strategies, effective and efficient uses of ADR, the selection of third-party neutrals, considering appropriate ADR procedures for particular controversies, and the drafting of private ADR clauses and agreements.
We are prepared to serve our clients and our community with attorneys that have extensive experience and training in the intricacies of ADR methods, as well as with certified mediators and arbitrators to help resolve disputes. Heyward Clarkson and Sean A. Scoopmire both serve as mediators, and Mr. Clarkson also serves as an arbitrator. This growing part of our practice reflects the changing nature of litigation in our state and nationally.
A substantial majority of our attorneys have experience in representing clients as advocates in ADR proceedings, particularly mediations. Our lawyers have provided arbitration, mediation, and other ADR services in all manner of disputes, including general litigation matters, bad faith insurance claims, corporate litigation, business fraud, medical malpractice, and various other personal injury and commercial matters.
Many of our lawyers have extensive experience as arbitration counsel as well. We represent clients that have adopted formal dispute resolution programs or individual agreements that provide for arbitration of disputes, as well as those that have simply selected arbitration to resolve their disputes by the Court's ADR mandate.