Mediation & Arbitration

Mediation

Joseph Garrison

Mediation & Arbitration Lawyer Joseph Garrison

According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, fewer than 2% of all civil cases end in a verdict. The question for today’s litigants, then, is not whether they are going to explore settlement, but how and with whom. Joe Garrison and retired Judge Jonathan Silbert are committed to providing lawyers and their clients with the functional equivalent of their “day in court,” but in a setting that is more informal, more comfortable, and more conducive to an amicable resolution. They have successfully assisted lawyers and litigants in the resolution of hundreds of disputes through mediation. Many of these settlements were reached months — if not years — before the parties would have finally had to present their cases in a courtroom.

Judge Silbert and Joe Garrison have each been a recipient of the Hon. Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation and are recognized throughout the state for their knowledge, skill, and sensitivity in helping to promote settlement. They stand ready to provide expert, objective, and realistic mediation services as you seek to avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigating to verdict.

Arbitration

Retired Judge Jonathan Silbert

Arbitration is another method of dispute resolution that avoids much of the expense and at least some of the risk of a full trial. It is a procedure in which a neutral party makes a binding decision following a hearing that is usually far less formal, a good deal faster, and much less anxiety-producing than a trial in the courthouse. Often, the parties to an arbitration choose to minimize their risk further by instituting their own “high-low” agreement. Under such circumstances, the parties privately agree that they will be bound by the arbitrator’s decision if it falls within certain parameters, but also agree that that they will resolve the case for an amount no higher than the upper end of those parameters (the “high”) and no less than the lower end (“the low”).

Joe Garrison and Judge Silbert both have extensive trial and arbitration experience in a wide variety of practice areas. As a result, many of Connecticut’s best and most experienced lawyers continue to trust them to serve as “private judges” in such proceedings.

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We provide expert, objective, and realistic services to avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigating to verdict.

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Client Experiences

During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. As the situation escalated, I always felt Mr. Garrison was patient and tried to support me fully. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. He was sympathetic to my situation and recognized that it had spun out of my control; he gave careful advice that recognized my history of good work. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highestrecommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

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