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  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration
Lawyer
Matthew G. Duffy was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Matthew G. Duffy

Matt Duffy Mediations
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
Richard H. Hamilton, Q.C. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard H. Hamilton, Q.C.

Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Aboriginal Law Energy Regulatory Law Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Alternative Dispute Resolution Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Legal Malpractice Law Real Estate Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
Simon B. Margolis, Q.C. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Simon B. Margolis, Q.C.

Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Natural Resources Law Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Medical Negligence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
Donald J. Wilson QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Donald J. Wilson QC

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Labour and Employment Law Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Alternative Dispute Resolution Definition

When people think of hiring a lawyer to resolve a dispute, they often have in mind that their problem will ultimately be resolved at a trial with a judge ruling in favour of one party and against another. This understanding, perhaps reinforced through television and movies, does not represent the reality. In fact, most lawsuits settle.

For the longest time, it was not uncommon for parties to go through all the steps of litigation, from pleadings through documentary and oral discovery, only to settle, sometimes “on the courtroom steps.” Bearing this pattern in mind, many litigants have opted to pursue Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, as means of achieving settlement sooner and cheaper than by going through the court process.

In this context, the parties in dispute enlist independent, unaffiliated persons to assist them to reach a resolution. This may be achieved through two different paths. Arbitration proceedings are generally adversarial in nature and the arbitrator makes a final decision, just as a judge does, but outside the court system. A private mediator assists the parties in reaching settlements through consensus and does not impose a decision.

Lawyers play an important role in ADR. They may be the decision makers in arbitrations or function as facilitators in mediations. In either case, they may have specialized knowledge in the area of law under consideration or in the industry in which the dispute arose. Sometimes, lawyers are chosen as arbitrators or mediators because of their reputations as having the ability to be fair-minded and even-handed.

Not to be overlooked is the special role the lawyers for the parties can play in ADR. It is often they who suggest alternative means of resolving disputes to their clients. They play a huge role in explaining the process to their clients beforehand, and otherwise preparing the parties. In the case of mediation, the parties should ensure their lawyers have the right experience to assist them in getting to settlement. Parties sometimes will hire experienced lawyers to act as “settlement counsel” to assist them in getting to a resolution in mediation.

When people think of hiring a lawyer to resolve a dispute, they often have in mind that their problem will ultimately be resolved at a trial with a judge ruling in favour of one party and against another. This understanding, perhaps reinforced through television and movies, does not represent the reality. In fact, most lawsuits settle.

For the longest time, it was not uncommon for parties to go through all the steps of litigation, from pleadings through documentary and oral discovery, only to settle, sometimes “on the courtroom steps.” Bearing this pattern in mind, many litigants have opted to pursue Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, as means of achieving settlement sooner and cheaper than by going through the court process.

In this context, the parties in dispute enlist independent, unaffiliated persons to assist them to reach a resolution. This may be achieved through two different paths. Arbitration proceedings are generally adversarial in nature and the arbitrator makes a final decision, just as a judge does, but outside the court system. A private mediator assists the parties in reaching settlements through consensus and does not impose a decision.

Lawyers play an important role in ADR. They may be the decision makers in arbitrations or function as facilitators in mediations. In either case, they may have specialized knowledge in the area of law under consideration or in the industry in which the dispute arose. Sometimes, lawyers are chosen as arbitrators or mediators because of their reputations as having the ability to be fair-minded and even-handed.

Not to be overlooked is the special role the lawyers for the parties can play in ADR. It is often they who suggest alternative means of resolving disputes to their clients. They play a huge role in explaining the process to their clients beforehand, and otherwise preparing the parties. In the case of mediation, the parties should ensure their lawyers have the right experience to assist them in getting to settlement. Parties sometimes will hire experienced lawyers to act as “settlement counsel” to assist them in getting to a resolution in mediation.