Alternative Dispute Resolution provides an opportunity for parties to resolve issues without undergoing the risk and expense of trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution typically takes on of two forms – mediation and arbitration.
Mediation is a process in which parties to a dispute and their counsel meet with each other and with a mediator. A mediator is a neutral party trained to assist parties in negotiating a settlement of their case. Mediation is required for all civil cases filed in Greenville County and for all cases filed in the United States District Court for South Carolina.
An arbitrator renders binding decisions regarding disputed matters which can be entered as judgments. The arbitrator typically takes the place of a judge and jury and hears evidence and testimony in the cases presented. The advantage of arbitration is that it usually is a less formal proceeding than a trial, and an arbitration hearing can be scheduled at the convenience of the parties, avoiding long court dockets and unpredictable trial dates. The cost of preparing for arbitration usually is less than that of preparing for trial.
Our firm represents clients in both arbitration and mediation.
Lee Plumblee has been trained and certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a mediator. Since 1998 he has conducted over 1,500 mediations in all manner of civil cases including:
- Automobile Accident
- Tractor-trailer / Common-carrier Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Products Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Legal Malpractice
- Construction Disputes
- Contract and Business Disputes
- Employment Disputes
- Real Estate Disputes
- Estate and Probate Disputes
The vast majority of attorneys who have retained Mr. Plumblee as a mediator have returned repeatedly. Additionally, Mr. Plumblee has served as an arbitrator in cases involving the types of disputes listed above.