Reardon Law Office

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Alternative Dispute Resolutions


Arbitration

Attorney Frank E. Reardon is an approved Arbitrator for both the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers association and has served in this capacity in a wide variety of matters, including Health Care, Contract, Business, and Employment matters throughout New England.  Attorney Reardon has assisted counsel in successfully resolving matters both simple and complex as an Arbitrator, in large part due to his over 30 years of experience as a litigator.


Our attorneys have advocated for clients in arbitration for over thirty years as well.  


Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution and a fast way to get a final decision when a dispute has arisen.  Arbitration is more flexible and typically less formal than litigation in a court.  Usually, an arbitration can be scheduled faster than a trial. 


Arbitration may be mandatory, as it can be required by law for some court cases.  State law requires that some cases filed in state courts go to mandatory arbitration.  Arbitration can also be voluntary, where Parties may agree to arbitration before or after filing a court case, or may have a contract that requires them to arbitrate disputes.


In arbitration, two sides present their evidence to an arbitrator.  The arbitrator decides who wins in the dispute providing the same function that a judge or jury would normally do in court.


Whether you are experienced lawyers looking for an accredited and impartial Arbitrator or a client needing representation at an arbitration, mediation, or any type of alternative dispute resolution, we are here to advocate for you.




Mediation

The attorneys at Reardon Law Office LLC have represented clients from several major industries, including business and health care, at mediations over the past thirty years.  Our lawyers have counseled countless clients on whether or not mediation is the appropriate venue for their individual matters.  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that boasts several key distinctions from arbitration or litigation.


Mediation is an informal and confidential way to attempt to settle a legal dispute through active participation of a neutral third-party, the mediator.  A mediator is trained to help people discuss their differences and attempts to guide the parties to find some common ground for settlement.  The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong, nor does he or she issue a decision.  


A major benefit of mediation is that it allows an informal and, hopefully, civil way to resolve a dispute between parties.  Cases often resolve faster through mediation as they can be scheduled quicker and with more flexibility to all of the parties' needs.  Mediation is most often fair, efficient, and can help the parties avoid a lengthy investigation and litigation.  A mediation can last anywhere from a couple of hours to several days, depending on the issues at hand, the parties schedules, and how far apart the two sides are on the issues.    


Mediation is different from arbitration where the third-party, the arbitrator, acts much like a Judge and does not actively participate in the discussion. 


Our firm has represented many clients in several different industry, including health care and business, at mediations over the years.




Mock Trials and Depositions

Mock Depositions and Mock Trials can be very useful in terms of evaluating a legal matter that is set for litigation, arbitration, or mediation.  Our attorneys have not only represented clients at Mock Trials and Depositions, but have also participated as opposing counsel to assist other lawyers in preparing a Mock Trial or Deposition.  Our firm has also provided training and counseling to clients as to the best way to prepare for a Mock Trial or Deposition.


A mock trial is generally very similar to the actual trial.  There is someone (often a retired Judge) serving as a judge, people serving as witnesses, and a group selected to be the jury.  Arguments will be made and evidence will be introduced so that the client and his or her attorneys can understand and predict the reaction of a potential judge and jury.


Lawyers utilize mock trials to help them see how their client will present in front of jury.  The client also benefits because he or she will get very useful practice in articulating their side of the issue to a Judge and jury in a semi-formal setting.  If there are expert witnesses involved, they too can testify, and your attorney can seek out the help of a substitute expert for the opposite side's expert witness. 


These mock trial can go from half a day to several days, depending on the severity of the case.  A lot of coordination and effort go into these mock trials so that the client can get the best information possible from them.  Results from mock trials can help illuminate to a lawyer or his or her client whether or not litigation, arbitration, mediation, or settlement would be the appropriate strategy to move forward.


Mock depositions serve a similar function in that they help the lawyer see who his or her client will hold up during a deposition and help the client understand the process better.


Reardon Law Office LLC has helped their clients, as well as other attorneys, in the preparation and execution of mock trials and depositions for over thirty years, from scheduling to demonstrative evidence to witness preparation. 



Training

The lawyers at Reardon Law Office LLC have provided training seminars as well as individual one on one counseling for clients both big and small over the past 30 years.  In addition, our attorneys have also assisted other counsel in putting together the best possible arguments in preparation for complex litigation.  Such training can take place at the onset of a new legal matter, prior to a client's deposition, in preparation for an arbitration or mediation, on the eve of trial, in deciding whether to file an appeal, or anytime in between.


Our firm has offered training to clients, other attorneys, or institutions in issues ranging from the basics of taking a deposition, letters rogatory, mock depositions or trials, witness preparation, finding an expert witness, evaluating a case, preparation for arbitration or mediation, preparing for a trial (reviewing jury charges and evidence, motions in limine, voir dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, objections, and closing arguments).


Our firm offers an extensive analysis as to the cost and benefit ratio of proceeding to take an action to trial versus attempting to obtain a favorable settlement.  As our lawyers have served as litigators, arbitrators, and counselors representing individual clients to some of the largest corporations in New England, we have unique insight into seeing a case from all angles.