Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Assisted Mediation
Helping Clients Prepare for Mediation
Stipulated Marital Dissolutions
At Peterson Law Group we take a collaborative approach to resolving your legal issues. Although there are sometimes circumstances that make trial unavoidable, mediation and compromise are usually the best methods for obtaining the most desirable resolution, For the past 30 years, there has been on a drastic decline in civil trials and litigation due to the increase of attorneys implementing Alternative Dispute Resolution methods in all areas of law.
In the book "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In", authors Roger Fisher, William Ury and William Paton highlight some of the biggest obstacles to successful negotiation and set forth a method for achieving Win- Win agreements.
Some of the tactics outlined in their book which are practiced at Peterson Law Group include:
- Separating the people from the problem. Recognizing the role emotions play in negotiations can help communication and clarify perceptions.
- Focus on interests, not positions. This requires that parties explore what their genuine interests are rather than staunchly defending a specific position.
- Generate options for mutual gain. Helping the parties collectively generate alternatives to "expand the pie" rather than divide the initial pie that was brought to the table.
- Insist on using objective criteria. Fair standards and fair procedures allow parties to walk away confident that the matter was resolved equitably.