Lawrence Thacker's article appeared in the April 3, 2015 issue of the Lawyers Weekly. This article described the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in combination with, or supplementary to, court proceedings.
"Modern civil litigation lawyers must use a wide array of tools to navigate the spiraling costs and delays of litigation. To this end, lawyers often turn to ADR processes such as arbitration to achieve quick and cost-effective resolutions, rather than accessing the courts.
But thinking of ADR as an alternative to the court process only tells part of the story. Counsel are increasingly accessing private decision-makers to decide on interim steps in a proceeding, while having their cases ultimately heard in court..."