Part 1 of this series, "Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution," can be found here.
In the past, contract negotiations were typically part of a deliberative—if not formal—process, whether that process was carried out in-person, over the phone, by exchange of letters, or any combination of these types of communication. But those days are long gone. E-mail reigns supreme as the
The term “ADR” stands for “alternative dispute resolution.” The term ADR, when used in reference to a pending civil lawsuit, refers to the resolution of the lawsuit by means other than having a judge or jury decide the ultimate issues. ADR can be as informal as negotiations between the parties