Devlin Shares View on Dispute Resolution Methods

Devlin Shares View on Dispute Resolution Methods
July 1, 2007

In this article, Cathleen M. Devlin, a Partner in the Litigation Department, briefly provides her thoughts on dispute resolution methods, and shares what the primary considerations should be when choosing a particular strategy.

"In resolving a business dispute, one key consideration is whether the parties seek to preserve an ongoing business relationship," Ms. Devlin said. "If they do, a more cooperative, informal and efficient dispute resolution strategy, enabling the parties to control their outcome by mutual agreement-such as direct negotiation or mediation-is usually the wiser course. Such methods maximize the chances of salvaging the relationship in a way that the 'winner and loser' outcome of more adversarial and protracted arbitration or litigation proceedings often cannot."