Mediation and arbitration are alternative ways to resolve disputes without going to trial. Sometimes both parties agree to either mediation or arbitration, and sometimes one or both is ordered by the court.

Mediation is a settlement conference in which the parties attempt to settle their case with the help of a neutral mediator. Both Fred Barbour and Scott Jones are certified mediators. They have mediated complex business disputes, insurance claims, medical malpractice cases, real estate matters, condemnation cases, personal injury cases, and almost every other type of case litigated in the state and federal courts of North Carolina.

Arbitration is a hearing that is less formal than a trial. An arbitrator or panel of arbitrators hears and then decides the case based on the evidence presented and the applicable law. Fred Barbour has served as an arbitrator on many cases, and as mediator on well over a thousand cases. All firm lawyers have successfully represented parties in hundreds of mediation and arbitration proceedings.