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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a procedure for settling disputes without litigation, such as arbitration, mediation or negotiation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a procedure for settling disputes without litigation, such as arbitration, mediation or negotiation. ADR procedures are usually less costly and more expeditious than litigation. These procedures are being utilized increasingly in disputes that would otherwise result in litigation, including high-profile labor disputes and other claims.

Unlike protracted litigation, ADR proceedings may be preferable because they are less adversarial. ADR procedures are often collaborative and allow the parties to understand each other’s positions without the need for intensive litigation and animosity.

The attorneys at Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP utilize their extensive experience in Employment Law, Government Services and litigation to assist clients with their legal disputes as an alternative to traditional litigation, in appropriate circumstances. Generally, ADR allows the parties to achieve faster results, and preserves troubled relationships, offers greater confidentiality and allows for more creative solutions than litigation. Our experienced attorneys will assist the parties in reaching an amicable resolution to their dispute without the need for protracted Court proceedings and attendant discovery costs.

We are experienced in handling disputes for matters involving attorney ethics and fees, labor and employment, estates, personal injury and other matters.

ADR encompasses techniques aimed at resolving disputes without full-blown litigation. The parties can have more involvement and control over the process and outcome. ADR generally involves negotiation, mediation or arbitration.

  • Negotiation allows the disputants to reach a mutually acceptable agreement
  • Arbitration involves a third-party decision-maker who can render a binding decision
  • Mediation represents a middle ground between negotiation and arbitration, where a third party arranges a settlement between competing parties.

The experienced attorneys at Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP also conduct confidential investigations into employment disputes, which may arise between parties. Our attorneys also serve as independent hearing officers in labor disputes, including employee disciplinary matters, grievances and arbitrations in both the public and private sectors.

Core Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Independent Internal Investigations
  • Neutral Hearing Officer


Fredric M. Knapp, Practice Leader


May 4, 2021
American Arbitration Association
Fred Knapp has been admitted to the AAA's Panel of Arbitration.
December 1, 2020
Former Morris County Prosecutor Joins Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP
Former Morris County Prosecutor, Fred Knapp, Esq., has joined Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP as Senior Counsel.