Alternative Dispute Resolution—Neutral Third-Party Mediation and Arbitration

The cost of litigation leads many parties to seek out some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. Mediation is a process where the parties to a dispute meet with a neutral third party, the mediator, and try to reach a settlement. The mediator’s role is to offer insights, communicate information and proposals, make suggestions and observations, and assist the parties in coming up with an acceptable settlement. The mediator does not have the power to impose a settlement. Arbitration involves the parties to a dispute submitting the case to a single arbitrator or a panel of three arbitrators. An arbitrator is a neutral third party who considers the evidence, law, and arguments presented by the parties. At the end of an arbitration, the single arbitrator or arbitration panel issues a binding decision that resolves the dispute. Mediation and arbitration frequently reduce the time and legal costs it takes to resolve a dispute.

Michael C. Sanders is available to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in energy, real estate, and commercial disputes. Michael received his mediation and arbitration training at the University of Houston’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. He completed both the mediation and commercial arbitration courses at the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. Michael is one of the few alternative dispute resolution providers who is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Michael’s extensive experience handling energy, real estate, and commercial disputes makes him an ideal mediator or arbitrator for these types of cases.