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Effective Advocates and Knowledgeable Intermediaries for Alternative Dispute Resolution in California

At Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, we understand the value of achieving your desired outcome through efficient, amicable, and cost-effective means. While our attorneys are well-known for their strategic and effective representation in courtroom litigation, they are equally capable in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. With decades of relevant experience, the attorneys of Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corporation are your trusted advocates and intermediaries for ADR throughout California.

Experienced Arbitration and Mediation Attorneys

Costly and protracted litigation is almost never in a client’s best interest. Alternative dispute resolution methods can often provide a faster resolution to a dispute, while significantly reducing the costs along the way. In addition, in cases where the disputing parties desire to preserve some form of working relationship after the matter has been resolved – such as in family, partnership and certain types of commercial disputes – ADR may be even more desirable as compared to traditional courtroom litigation.

At Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corporation, we represent parties on both sides in mediation and arbitration, and also serve as independent third-party mediators to help disputing parties come to terms. In addition to serving as mediators in private alternative dispute resolution, our attorneys also volunteer their services for the California State Court in Riverside County. This experience, combined with our years of experience handling complex commercial, real estate, and family law litigation, gives us the edge you need in order to achieve a favorable outcome through ADR.

More About Alternative Dispute Resolution


Mediation is a non-binding form of alternative dispute resolution in which the parties attempt to reach a compromise with the assistance of a neutral third-party mediator. The mediator does not represent the interests of either party to the dispute, nor does he or she make a decision on their collective behalf. Rather, the mediator facilitates the parties’ discussions and offers insights and suggestions to help them come to a mutually-acceptable agreement. Mediation is rapidly gaining popularity in California, and is frequently used to achieve cost-effective resolutions in cases including:

  • Divorces and family law disputes
  • Estate and probate matters
  • Real estate disputes
  • Business and employment matters
  • Disagreements and workouts in commercial relationships


The same types of disputes can also be resolved through arbitration. Unlike mediation, arbitration is similar to litigation in that the neutral third-party – the arbitrator – will ultimately issue a binding order after hearing each party’s side of the case. Rather than working with the parties, the arbitrator acts much more in a judicial capacity, hearing evidence and deciding arguments.

However, the process is generally much more compact in terms of overall timeline as compared to courtroom litigation. In addition, the parties have more freedom to control the proceedings, limit discovery, and choose a decision-maker who is a subject matter expert for the issues at play. These factors all contribute to limiting the expense and acrimony involved in resolving the dispute.

Contact an Attorney at Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corporation About Your Case

For more information about our alternative dispute resolution services, please call 760-320-7161 or contact Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corporation online today. Located in Palm Springs, California, we have been serving clients in the Coachella Valley since 1951.

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