About Mediation & Arbitration
Perhaps the Best Choice for Resolving Your Dispute
Augustus F. Brown and Philip Kotschenreuther are trained and experienced in providing arbitration and mediation services in many fields, including domestic matters, corporate and contract disputes, awards negotiation, litigation dispute resolution, and more. Gus Brown is frequently appointed by local circuit courts as an arbitrator, and Phil Kotschenreuther as a mediator.
Arbitration is defined as the submission of a dispute to an unbiased third person, the "arbitrator," designated by the parties to a controversy, who agree in advance to comply with the decision issued by that third person, after a hearing at which all parties have an opportunity to be heard.
Mediation is a process in which a trained neutral person, a "mediator," helps people in a dispute to communicate with one another, to understand each other, and if possible, to reach agreements that satisfy everyone's needs.
The difference between the two processes is very important: in the arbitration process, the disputing parties agree to abide by the decision of the third party who makes the decision and dictates the terms of an agreement. In Mediation, the neutral person helps the parties reach an agreement but does not himself suggest or declare what that agreement is, does not make the decision, provide any legal advice, or recommend the terms of an agreement.
These days, mediation and arbitration are well-established and widely used means to end disputes, being among several kinds of alternative methods of dispute resolution that have become popular ways of resolving disagreements out of court, saving time and money.
For complete information about Gus Brown, check out his biography page.
For complete information about Phil Kotschenreuther, check out his biography page.
For more information on Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution (ADR) as instituted and applied by the different Circuits of Maryland, see the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office publication, "A Consumer's Guide to ADR Services," published in 2014.
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