Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term for various methods of resolving legal matters other than litigation in a courtroom. In the employment law setting, ADR typically refers processes such as mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration.
Alternative dispute resolution can be used to resolve civil disputes without the structural and procedural limitations of litigation. Parties are empowered with the flexibility to craft their own solution rather than being constrained by court orders or judgments. In addition, ADR often moves more swiftly than the litigation process, allowing parties to reach resolution relatively quickly in a way that is more cost-effective and less disruptive than litigation.
Attorney Kim Kisner has over 20 years of legal experience and has assisted hundreds of her clients resolve their conflicts in employment terminations, business disputes and real estate matters. She is now applying these honed skills formally as a neutral primarily in the areas of employment law, business, and real estate. Her background in running a small business makes her an especially skilled neutral in business disputes, including those involving family businesses or succession planning. As a real estate attorney and real estate investor, Kim also brings a great depth of knowledge to the table in mediating disputes relating to the sale of residential real estate, home defects and landlord tenant issues.
Kim offers virtual or in-person mediation services at a location of the parties’ choosing for a low flat-rate or hourly fee. Due to the pandemic, in-person services will proceed in accordance with CDC guidelines and requirements of the parties’ jurisdiction, as well as their respective comfort levels.
Using either the Zoom or Microsoft Teams platform, Kim can interact with all parties, regardless of their locations. Breakout rooms in these platforms are used for private caucuses, and screen sharing enables parties to share documents.
She offers a range of alternative dispute resolution services for federal and state court disputes, including:
Kim holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent peer review rating, reflecting excellence in legal ability and ethics. She has been appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to serve as a neutral in that Court’s award-winning ADR program. The Western District of Pennsylvania recognizes that ADR is so beneficial to the resolution of conflicts that it mandates some form of ADR in most civil matters filed with the court.
In addition to serving as a neutral in federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Kim Kisner also mediates disputes in Fayette, Greene, Washington, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland Counties in Western Pennsylvania.
If you have questions about ADR in Western Pennsylvania, please contact Kim Kisner to schedule a consultation.
Kim Kisner provides representation throughout southwestern Pennsylvania including the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland and Washington counties.