Neutral Mediation and Arbitration Services
Settlement Counsel Advocacy in a Non-Neutral Role
Put bluntly, the costs of litigation are enormous and often prohibitive for even the largest disputes. These costs include not just the attorneys' fees, but the internal and opportunity costs for the clients. Additionally, the negative impact on planning and running a business caused by the uncertainty of budgeting for, and the ultimate results of, a litigated resolution through trial and the conclusion of all appeals may pose a near existential threat to business success. It is a path that should not be undertaken lightly and only after a negotiated resolution is fully explored and every reasonable opportunity exhausted.
Since most lawsuits ultimately settle, it is imperative to have a professional involved who is skilled, experienced, and focused on settlement matters. While many litigators and trial lawyers are reasonably proficient negotiators, that is not always or even usually the case. The skill sets, temperament, and experience needed for each role are markedly different and arguably antithetical. Litigators should encourage their clients to embrace the engagement of other professionals who can help "coach" their side regarding negotiation and settlement dynamics, whether as a neutral mediator or as an advocate and counselor for the client.
Chris Nolland has decades of experience in the fields of negotiation and mediation. He serves as a neutral mediator and arbitrator to help the parties and their counsel determine whether there is a resolution that is a better path than the future roadmap of litigation. In selective other cases Mr. Nolland will accept engagements as Settlement Counsel, serving as the negotiation strategist and advocate on behalf of a party to a dispute. While deeply grounded in the academic theories and intellectual principles underlying mediation and negotiation dynamics, Chris Nolland remains focused on the real world issues at play in high stakes disputes and litigation . He is anything but "Pollyannaish" .
Providing neutral mediation services in matters involving significant financial exposure; typically matters in litigation but often disputes that have not yet become a lawsuit.
When acting as Settlement Counsel Mr. Nolland is not serving as a neutral. Rather, he is engaged by one side in a dispute as their strategic planner, counselor, and advocate regarding settlement and negotiation matters to obtain the optimum negotiated result on their behalf.
I am regularly engaged as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator or as a member of a three person arbitration panel in more complex matters.
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