Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration

Not every case goes to trial. In fact, in today’s litigation landscape, the vast majority of civil lawsuits never make it to a jury.

There are a host of reasons that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has become the primary means by which civil disputes are resolved. From a practical standpoint, arbitration or mediation reduces costs and eliminates the time and stress of a trial. Information obtained during the discovery process remains confidential. The parties retain control of the decision making process, giving them the authority to resolve their differences without a judge or jury to do it for them.

Moreover, by order of the South Carolina Supreme Court effective January 1, 2016, all counties in South Carolina now have a mandatory ADR process for every civil suit filed in the South Carolina Circuit Courts.

A mediation is only as effective as its mediator. In order for the process to succeed, the parties need a mediator who is reputable and trustworthy based on his or her experience as a litigator in the state and federal courts of South Carolina. The mediator should be neutral and impartial, while simultaneously being able to facilitate a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the dispositive issues in the case that will move the parties toward a resolution.

Murphy & Grantland’s Certified Mediators* are:

  • Ron Diegel – 25+ years of experience as both a plaintiff and defense attorney.
  • Anthony Livoti – Anthony has been litigating cases in state and federal court for 19 years.
  • Ray Moore – Ray focuses his practice on complex products liability cases in both state and federal court and is also a Certified Arbitrator*.
  • Rett Kendall – Rett has over twenty years of experience in civil litigation and is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.
  • Henry Deneen – Henry is a former municipal judge and legal counsel to South Carolina Governor David Beasley.

Collectively Murphy & Grantland’s Certified Mediators* have assisted hundreds of parties in resolving their disputes through mediation.

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Ronald B. Diegel
Ronald B. Diegel
Anthony W. Livoti
Anthony W. Livoti
E. Raymond Moore III
E. Raymond Moore III
Everett (Rett) A. Kendall, II
Everett (Rett) A. Kendall, II
Henry L. Deneen
Henry L. Deneen