What do courtroom lawyers have against collaborating? The easy answer is that it hits the bottom line.

If lawyers and clients from both sides of the table work in concert to solve problems and resolve issues that are causing the conflict, how many dollars are lost that could have otherwise be earned through a dead-end discovery and motion practice drawn out over a few years? And, after spending all of that money fighting: (i) the judge forces a settlement that neither party is happy with; or (ii) a jury returns a verdict that neither party is happy with; or (iii) the jury returns a verdict the judge doesn’t like and he orders a remittitur; or (iv) the parties decide on their own that after all of the time, money, emotion and disruption spent on fighting and preparing for trial, they will settle the matter and never speak to each other again.

No courtroom lawyer that I have spoken with is in favor of the collaborative process as a means of resolving legal disputes. Each business manager or owner that I have spoken with regarding use of the collaborative process in resolving disputes wonders: why isn’t collaboration used more often?

You have a choice in how you want to resolve your business, contract, estate and probate, or family matters. We believe the Collaborative process is a better way to spend your time and resources!


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