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  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Administrative and Public Law Labour and Employment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Mediation Family Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Labour and Employment Law
Lawyer
Mary Ellen Boyd was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Mary Ellen Boyd

Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Class Action Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Family Law Mediation Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration
Lawyer
Matthew G. "Matt" Duffy  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Matthew G. "Matt" Duffy

Matt Duffy Mediations
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    London, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Energy Law International Arbitration Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Malpractice Law Legal Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Criminal Defence Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Employee Benefits Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
Peter A. Gall, Q.C. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter A. Gall, Q.C.

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Real Estate Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Administrative and Public Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Mediation Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law
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:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Product Liability Law Insurance 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:
    International Arbitration Alternative Dispute Resolution Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
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 Aboriginal Law Natural Resources Law Transportation Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Law Trusts and Estates Alternative Dispute Resolution Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Defamation and Media Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Real Estate Law Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution 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:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Product Liability Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Real Estate Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Malpractice Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law
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:
    Construction Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Personal Injury Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
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 Aboriginal Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution Bet-the-Company Litigation Securities Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Insurance Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Natural Resources Law Construction Law Securities Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
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:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Class Action Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Labour and Employment Law Class Action Litigation Administrative and Public Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Corporate Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
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 Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Securities Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Medical Negligence Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    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 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Donald J. Wilson QC

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

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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.