Mediation is a non-binding, confidential process that affords all parties the best opportunity to air grievances in a protected environment, and to reach agreement in areas thought irreconcilable. Mediation’s non-binding and confidential nature makes it a productive process.
Arbitration is a form of mediation or conciliation, where the mediating party is given power by the disputant parties to settle the dispute by making a finding. Arbitrators are not bound by precedent and have great leeway in such matters as active participation in the proceedings, accepting evidence, questioning witnesses, and deciding appropriate remedies. Arbitrators may visit sites outside the hearing room, call expert witnesses, seek out additional evidence, and perform many other actions not normally within the purview of a court. It is this great flexibility of action, combined with costs usually far below those of traditional litigation, which makes arbitration so attractive.
As a mediator, Mr. Dwight Baker, founding partner of Baker & Harris Law Office, is not a judge, nor does he have the power or authority to force a settlement on the parties. He is an advocate for resolution, and uses his best good faith effort to assist the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement while maintaining impartiality toward all parties.
Dwight E. Baker specializes in Alternate Dispute Resolution, including Mediation and Arbitration.