Mediation & Arbitration Services in Construction & Real Estate
Matthew S. Evans, III is pleased to offer alternative dispute resolution services in the areas of construction and real estate. Mr. Evans has over 19 years of litigation experience in State and Federal Courts in Maryland. His experience includes representing parties in many mediations over the years as well as in complex arbitrations. Mr. Evans focuses his services on both commercial and residential real estate and construction matters, including, but not limited to, landlord tenant, real estate contract disputes, construction contract disputes, construction defect disputes, along with any and all other matters relating to real estate and construction.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a variety of processes that help parties resolve disputes without a trial. Typical ADR processes include mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and collaborative law.
Mediation is the attempt to settle a legal dispute through active participation of a third party (mediator) who works to find points of agreement and make those in conflict agree on a fair result. Mediation differs from arbitration in which the third party (arbitrator) acts much like a judge but in an out-of-court less formal setting but does not actively participate in the discussion. Mediation can often times allow the parties to craft a resolution of a dispute that would otherwise not be granted by a judge at trial.
Arbitration is the submission of a dispute to an unbiased third person designated by the parties to the controversy. Unlike litigation, arbitration takes place out of court: the two sides select an impartial third party, known as an arbitrator; agree in advance to comply with the arbitrator’s award; and then participate in a hearing at which both sides can present evidence and testimony. The arbitrator’s decision is usually final, and courts rarely reexamine it.
Mediation and arbitration allow the opportunity to save legal fees, and to resolve disputes in a more timely fashion than through litigation in the courts.
Matthew S. Evans is located in Annapolis, Maryland and pleased to provide mediation and arbitration services in Anne Arundel County and throughout the State of Maryland. Please contact us today with any questions about the services offered.