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At The Dispute Resolution Center, we do not think of "alternative" dispute litigation techniques as less legitimate means of resolving interpersonal conflict. In fact, mediation, arbitration, and negotiation are generally cheaper, faster, and more efficient means of resolving every kind of interpersonal conflict, even those that are "legal" in nature. Not all "legal matters" need to be resolved through the burdensome, traditional adversarial process. Not all conflicts need a judge and jury to resolve them effectively. Usually, the most "legitimate" resolution is that which the parties formulate and agree to themselves. It is this philosophy that we bring to every dispute in which we are asked to assist.

The Dispute Resolution Center at Law Office of Melissa L Steinberg, LLC is an experienced, respected dispute resolution practice, offering a wealth of experience and a full range of dispute resolution services within legal and interpersonal practice areas alike. The Programs described below are open to individuals and organizations, and we offer all those considering one of our Programs a free, 30-minute initial consultation to determine if the selected Program is the right one in a specific situation.

We believe that the tools to create a less conflicted world should be available to everyone. For that reason, we offer a variety of payment methods and schedules to ensure access to our services. We offer in-person sessions in our New York, NY office, as well as remote sessions throughout the State of New York, and we are open days, evenings, and weekends for your convenience. Please contact us for more information.

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Mediation Program

Mediation is a voluntary process in which a mediator assists two or more people in conflict with resolving whatever issues led to the conflict. In mediation, there is no judge or jury. Mediators remain neutral at all times throughout the mediation process, and have no decision-making authority. Rather, the parties to the mediation retain the power and control, while the mediator facilitates a conversation in which the parties can identify, clarify, prioritize, and articulate interpersonal conflict productively, with creativity, cooperation, and mutual respect.

Arbitration Program

While arbitration resembles litigation in several key aspects, it remains a core alternative dispute resolution tool that is often cheaper, quicker, and more efficient than litigation. Parties submit a dispute to a panel of impartial decision-makers for resolution, which may be binding or non-binding, depending on the circumstances, and whether the arbitration is voluntary or required by contract.

Negotiation Program

Negotiation is a structured, strategic discussion to reconcile the interests of two or more parties. Negotiation is often led by one or more attorneys, and the goal is for the parties to reach a mutually acceptable resolution through balancing and aligning their respective interests.

Workplace Mediation Program

Workplace intrigue: it sounds like a John Grisham novel, but stress, mismatched expectations, and outsized competition can derail a company's best intentions, leading to loss of productivity and toxicity among staff. Simple communication techniques and strategies can help resolve inter-office friction and maximize a company's investment in its employees and work spaces. Let us train your employees to resolve workplace conflicts together to optimize employee productivity and morale.

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