Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P.

Serving Story County and Central Iowa since 1906

323 6th St.
Ames, IA 50010-0664

Phone: (515) 232-4732

CIVIL LITIGATION :: Back to Practice Areas

I. Overview
II. Litigation
III. Appealing Business Litigation
IV. Class Actions
V. Alternative Dispute Resolution
Frequently Asked Questions


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is often an excellent way to resolve a legal issue without the expense and complication of going to court. The two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation.

  • Arbitration. Arbitration is less formal and less expensive than a trial. The arbitrator, a neutral third party, listens to both sides and then issues a decision. Many contracts in a number of industries such as employment, sales, and construction include a provision stating that legal issues involving the contract must be resolved through arbitration rather than litigation.

    Arbitration can be binding or non-binding. A binding arbitration carries the same legal weight as a court ruling. In some instances, the contract or arbitration agreement will allow an appeal. If this is not the case, then the ruling is final. In a non-binding arbitration, the result is advisory and either party can pursue legal action.
  • Mediation. The mediation process is another alternative. Mediation is less formal and less expensive than court action, and is therefore used for many civil disputes. Mediation is popular and attractive because it allows parties to avoid court and discuss issues without the constraints involved in a legal action. The mediator, a neutral third party, facilitates dialogue between the parties. The mediator also works individually with the parties to identify goals. Joint negotations are also mediated, and the mediator offers suggestions and opinions on the best resolution. This opinion is not legally binding.

The increasing commitments of time and money necessary to conclude a lawsuit make ADR increasingly attractive to individuals and businesses. Contracts can require legal issues to go through mediation or arbitration before court action.

If you are involved in a legal dispute, or are about to enter an ADR process, consultation with an experienced attorney can help you to protect your rights and inform you about your situation. Your attorney can be an excellent resource.

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Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., is an Iowa general practice law firm with practice including, but not limited to  Administrative Law, Adoption Law, Agricultural Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking Law, Business Law (including business organization, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), incorporations, and sales of businesses and business assets), Civil Rights, Commercial Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense, Elder Law, Employment Law, Family Law (including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child support, child custody, dissolution modification), Government, Government Contracts, Litigation, Personal Injury (including Motor Vehicle Accidents and Wrongful Death), Product Liability, Professional Negligence Law, Real Estate (including mortgage loan closings, IRC Section 1031 exchanges, subdivisions, platting, condominiums, and cooperative housing), Municipal Law, Taxation Law and Tax Preparation, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate Law (including financial and medical powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships, trust administration, and estate administration), Workers Compensation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The offices of the Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., are located in Ames, Iowa. The lawyers and staff of the Pasley and Singer Law Firm, L.L.P., serve clients throughout Iowa, including the cities of Ames, Nevada, Gilbert, Huxley, Slater, Zearing, Story City, Roland, McCallsburg, Colo, Cambridge, Sheldahl, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Marshalltown, Boone, Webster City, Eldora, Grundy Center, Newton, Adel, Eldora, Ankeny, Johnston, Indianola, Cedar Falls, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Clarion, Knoxville, and the communities that make up Story, Polk, Linn, Webster, Blackhawk, Marshall, Boone, Hamilton, Jasper, Dallas, Hardin, Warren, Greene, Wright, and Marion counties.