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Vandeventer Black's Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group focuses on serving our business clients in the construction industry. We currently have offices in Norfolk and Richmond, VA, the OBX and Raleigh, NC, and Hamburg, Germany. For more information about Vandeventer Black, clink on the VB logo.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mediation: Is if for you?

I recently had a client question why he should participate in mediation. The short answer is mediation allows parties to create their own solution to a construction dispute. Otherwise, the dispute is resolve by arbitrators, a judge, or a jury, depending upon how the construction contract is written. Mediation is not mandatory, unless set as a condition precedent in a contract; as typically done with AIA contracts. And even when mandatory, there is no requirement to settle the case. But often mediation can be the earliest, least expensive means of resolving a dispute between parties, including by getting the input from a neutral evaluator who typically would have a strong construction background. I'll talk further about mediation in later blogs. I'm interested in whatever views participants in the mediation process have; good or bad - so please send your thoughts.

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