Alternative Dispute Resolution
“I took a complicated, disputed-liability premises case to mediation before Mills Gallivan. He did a great job of making both parties sweat and produced an unexpected (by me) settlement. Great job!”
- Edwin Turnage, Harris and Graves Law Firm –
Past results and testimonials from clients are not to be taken as a representation that the same or similar results can be obtained by the firm in the future.
Team Skills and Experience Brief
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Team members have received extensive training and are certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
- Two GWB attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America for ADR: C. Stuart Mauney and H. Mills Gallivan and both attorneys have also been recognized as South Carolina Super Lawyers.
- Mills Gallivan had an integral role in drafting the language for the workers’ compensation mediation regulations passed into law in 2013.
- GWB is ranked as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers with a Tier 1 classification in Mediation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, headed by Mills Gallivan, provides mediation and arbitration services to parties involved in disputes as an alternative to litigation and trial. Members of the team provide these services to parties who participate on a voluntary basis or through the South Carolina court-ordered ADR program. The team’s ultimate goal is to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement. This structured mediation process is focused on effective communication and achieving a timely agreement. Members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team will facilitate continued negotiations until a resolution is reached.
The team members of GWB’s ADR practice have a wealth of experience in an array of practice areas that include personal injury litigation, business and commercial litigation, high-stakes complex litigation and workers’ compensation. Team members have received extensive training in their particular field and have been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court. As a result of this training and experience, the ADR team brings to the table a unique skill set that allows them to help parties navigate the strengths and weaknesses of their claims; therefore, highlighting the benefits of resolving high stakes cases through mediation.
GWB’s ADR Team has also received a number of accolades for their alternative dispute resolution work. The firm is ranked as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers with a Tier 1 classification in Mediation. Two GWB attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America for ADR, Stuart Mauney and Mills Gallivan; additionally, both attorneys continue to be recognized as South Carolina Super Lawyers. Finally, in 2010 Best Lawyers in America ranked GWB as the #1 law firm in Greenville for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The ADR Team’s goals include the following:
- Assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement.
- Provide creative alternatives to disputes.
- Help parties navigate the strengths and weaknesses of their claims.
- Evaluate the risks to both parties.
- Improve communication between the parties.
- Avoid the emotional stress of a litigated matter.
- Reduce the financial expense of a litigated matter.
- Be efficient in negotiations.
- Reduce the uncertainty associated with a trial.
- Perform the ADR function with the utmost confidentiality.
GWB has four offices located in Greenville, Columbia and Anderson, SC and Charlotte, North Carolina. Through these offices the firm offers 11 conference rooms with up to date technology that includes video conferencing, teleconferencing and wireless internet access. These assets provide for professional and organized management of mediations and arbitrations.
Related Articles and Presentations
- All-In Mediation by H. Mills Gallivan – In-House, Defense Quarterly, Winter 2010
- “Mediation: Disputes Resolved Without Trial” by C. Stuart Mauney, The Greenville Journal
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Mediation: Disputes Resolved without Trial
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