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Richard Order | American Arbitration Association

In August, shareholder Richard S. Order participated in a four-day program held by the American Arbitration Association for mediation training.  The program was immersive, limited to only 15 participants, and included several simulations of mediations in which the participants played the role of mediator.    

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?  Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which the parties hire a neutral person to serve as a private judge to make a binding decision as to their claims and counterclaims.  Mediation is also an alternative dispute resolution process, but the parties hire a neutral person to facilitate an amicable solution to their dispute by helping them reach a compromise and settlement.  Mediation is not binding, and the mediator does not and cannot make any type of binding decision.

Richard has served as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators for many years and is now available to mediate disputes, as well.  Additionally, he continues to serve as a lawyer for parties in arbitrations and mediations, as he has done throughout his career.