Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the process of resolving existing or potential disputes or claims through methods other than traditional litigation and trial, including mediation, arbitration (binding or non-binding), moderated settlement conferences, summary trials and the like. In our increasingly litigious society, businesses and individuals are turning to ADR for potential relief from the significant financial and emotional costs and uncertainty of litigation. Many courts view ADR as a cost-effective way to resolve disputes amicably and to aid in alleviating the burdens on the judicial system cause by an ever-growing caseload. The South Carolina Supreme Court has instituted a pilot program requiring mandatory mediation in all civil cases filed in a number of counties throughout the State, including Florence, Horry, Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, Richland and Williamsburg counties. Additionally, the United States District Court for South Carolina requires that all civil actions filed in federal court in South Carolina be mediated prior to trial.
The attorneys of King & Love Law Firm possess a wealth of experience in all forms of ADR, whether serving as advocates for participants to the ADR proceeding or acting as the neutral person assisting the parties to the ADR proceeding with reaching a resolution. Our attorneys have counseled thousands of individuals and businesses through the ADR process successfully in a wide variety of cases and claims, including such practice areas as personal injury and insurance cases and claims, business, commercial and corporate disputes, governmental, constitutional and civil rights cases, banking matters, property damage claims, agricultural claims, and contract matters. We view ADR as a viable and powerful alternative to litigation, and recognize that ADR provides the parties to a dispute with the freedom and flexibility to craft individualized and often creative solutions which meet the parties' needs in a very cost-effective manner. While litigation cannot always be avoided, our attorneys will utilize their vast experience, knowledge, and strategic analytical capabilities to assist you with evaluating your case or claim, assessing your potential risks and cost exposure, and developing possible alternative resolutions that are best suited for your needs.
Not only can our attorneys represent your needs throughout the ADR process, but we also have attorneys who can serve as a mediator or neutral if that is what your needs require. Rob King is a certified civil mediator by the South Carolina Bar, and by the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He routinely serves as mediators in a wide variety of matters, and has achieved a great deal of success helping other parties find the path to a meaningful resolution of their disputes.