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Dispute Resolution Services in Niagara County, NY

Seaman Norris LLP understands that taking your legal matters to court can be a costly and time-consuming process. That's why we offer our clients Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services as an effective way to resolve their disputes without going to trial. ADR is a broad term that covers a variety of methods for settling disagreements, including mediation, arbitration, and negotiation. With our experienced team of legal professionals on your side, you can rest assured that your interests will be properly represented and protected throughout the ADR process.
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Niagara County Arbitration & Mediation for Dispute Resolution

If there's one thing our experience has taught us, it's that legal disagreements and disputes can often be resolved efficiently and cost-effectively through arbitration or mediation. Our team of trained professionals, Aat Seaman Norris LLP is dedicated to helping parties come to a mutually agreeable resolution without the time and expense of going to court.

We offer services for a variety of disputes, including commercial disputes and business disputes, construction and contract disputes, employment disputes, real estate disputes, and personal injury claims.

Our team is committed to providing a fair and neutral environment for all parties involved, ensuring that everyone's interests are taken into consideration throughout the ADR process. So if you're looking to find Niagara County arbitration that will save you time, money, and stress, give Seaman Norris a call to learn more about our services or to receive a free consultation.

Varying Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution

With there being so many kinds of disputes come many ways to reach a resolution. We've listed below just five methods used to resolve disputes, all of which we offer at Seaman Norris:


Negotiation as an ADR method is a process in which two parties attempt to agree by communicating directly with one another. The parties involved in the negotiation share information and try to come to a mutually agreeable resolution.

Unlike mediation or arbitration, negotiation does not involve a third party. Rather, the parties negotiate directly with one another in an effort to reach an agreement. While negotiation can be used to resolve any type of dispute, it is often used in the context of business disagreements.

For example, when two companies are in the process of negotiating a contract, or if two employees of the same organization have a disagreement, negotiation is used as a way to come to an agreement. In addition, negotiation can be used to settle personal disputes, such as those between family members, friends, or neighboring residents.


Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) helps to dispute parties reach an agreement. Mediation is often used as an alternative to litigation, especially in industrial disputes. A mediator does not have the authority to impose a settlement, but instead facilitates discussions and helps the parties craft their own agreement.

The key benefits of mediation include the following:

  1. It's typically faster and cheaper than litigation.
  2. It's 100% confidential.
  3. The parties have more control over the outcome.
  4. It can help preserve relationships between the parties.

So if you've found yourself in the midst of a disagreement, it's ideal to first try weighing out whether mediation could be beneficial for both parties. Though if it's clear that mediation is the most time and cost-effective route to come to a settlement, then contacting an experienced mediation attorney may be the next best course of action.


Conciliation is a process of dispute resolution where parties agree to settle their differences with the help of an appointed third party, known as a conciliator. The role of the conciliator is to facilitate communication and encourage the parties to reach an agreement.

Although the conciliator does not have the authority to impose a settlement, they can help the parties identify areas of agreement and potential compromises. The conciliator also has the power to issue recommendations on how the dispute should be handled at any time within the proceedings.

Conciliation is often used in situations where there is a history of conflict or bad feelings between the parties, as it provides an opportunity for them to resolve their differences in a constructive and cooperative manner. It can also be used where there is a power imbalance, as it levels the playing field and gives both parties an equal chance to have their say.


Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a neutral third party hears both sides of the dispute and makes a binding decision. Unlike mediation, arbitration does not require the agreement of both parties; instead, the arbitrator's ruling is final and binding. This can be an advantage if one party is unwilling to compromise or mediating fails to produce an agreement. However, it also means that arbitration may not be suitable for all disputes.

Another key difference between arbitration and other ADR method is that it is typically much more formal, with each side presenting its case in a manner similar to a trial. This means that arbitrations can be costly and time-consuming, although they are often faster than going to court. Overall, arbitration is a useful tool for resolving disputes, but it should be used carefully to make sure it is appropriate for the situation.

The attorneys in this practice have arbitrated and mediated a wide range of matters including the sale of businesses, shareholder disagreements, supply arrangements, lending relationships, real estate development, and enforcement of non-competes.

Private Judging

Private judging, also known as court-annexed private judging or mandatory settlement conferences, is a process in which a judge or other neutral third party presides over mediated settlement negotiations. This type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is often used in cases where the parties are unable to agree on a resolution and need some help getting unstuck.

The private judge will typically meet with the parties individually and then convene a joint session to try to facilitate a settlement. If an agreement is reached, the terms of the settlement will be binding on all parties. Private judging can be an effective way to resolve disagreements without going to trial, and it can save the parties time and money.

It should be noted that not all private judges are created equal, so choosing a private judge who is experienced and locally based, so that he or she understands the local law and customs, is crucial for a successful outcome.

Overall, conciliation and mediation, arbitration, and private judging are all useful tools for resolving disputes in an efficient manner that's fair to all parties involved.

What is the Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation?

We understand that with so many kinds of ADR, dealing with the intricacies can get confusing quite quickly.

So, in order to clear up any potential confusion, here’s a brief breakdown of the fundamental differences between the two most known forms of ADR that we encounter: arbitration and mediation:

Arbitration - a neutral third party, known as an arbitrator, hears both sides of the dispute and makes a binding decision.

Mediation - a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps the parties in dispute come to a mutually agreeable resolution.

One key difference is that in the arbitration process, the arbitrator’s decision is final and binding, while with mediation, any resolution reached is on a voluntary basis and not legally binding unless it is made into a formal agreement or contract.

Another difference is that arbitration is typically more formal and structured, often resembling a trial, while mediation is often more informal and focuses on open communication and collaboration between the parties.

Ultimately, both arbitration and mediation can be helpful in resolving disputes, and the best method will depend on the specific situation at hand. If you're unsure as to which ADR method is best for your case, give our law firm a call!

We're One of The Best Law Firms For Arbitration & Mediation

When it comes to mediation and arbitration services in Niagara County, Seaman Norris LLP is a perfect choice. We are experienced in handling all types of disputes, and our locally based team is familiar with the unique challenges that Niagara County businesses face.

When You Should Consider ADR

There are a litany of legal disputes that would call for alternative dispute resolution, so to list them all would be impossible. Generally, any dispute that can be resolved through discussion and compromise is a good fit for ADR.

Some examples may include contract disputes, personal injury cases, employment disagreements, and neighbor disputes. ADR is particularly useful in cases where the relationship between the parties needs to be preserved, such as in family or business disagreements.

Ultimately, it’s important to carefully weigh all of your options before making a final decision on how to proceed with resolving a disagreement. Just remember, our law firm is here to help guide you every step of the way.

Legal Aid That Goes Beyond Dispute Resolution

At Seaman Norris LLP, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services, and we are proud to offer a wide range of legal aid services that go above and beyond dispute resolution.

Our team of experienced attorneys has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of legal areas, and we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible representation. We've represented cases help in both county and supreme court across multiple jurisdictions such as Niagara County, Erie County, and Orleans County NY.

If you need legal assistance, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you.

Choose The Perfect Representative For Your Legal Disputes

With Seaman Norris LLP, you can be sure that you're receiving the professional guidance that you want for the best path towards resolving disputes. So if you're looking for local arbitration or mediation lawyers, browse through the listed legal representatives below to get into contact with the perfect representative for your case.

Daniel E. Seaman

Michael J. Norris

Thomas D. Seaman

David J. Haylett Jr.

Anthony J. Serianni

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