Providing Options To Clients For Resolving Their Legal Matters

When deciding how to handle your legal issues, you have a variety of options. We at Parker and LaDuke in Knoxville and Sevier County have years of experience handling cases through traditional litigation or through avenues of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation and arbitration. To learn more about these types of solutions, review the information below and contact us online or by calling us at 865-694-4685 or toll free at 888-329-7912.


Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution that allows participants to reach their own decisions with the help of a neutral mediator. The third-party mediator facilitates communication and discussion, but does not make a decision for them. The mediator is charged with going back and forth between the parties to obtain the give and take that is necessary to reach a resolution. In many cases, it is more cost-effective and timely to engage in mediation to resolve a legal issue than to seek a resolution through litigation.

In most Tennessee divorce courts and in all Tennessee divorces involving children, mediation is required before the Judge will allow a trial.


Much like mediation, arbitration is another method of alternative dispute resolution that takes place out of court. In arbitration, both sides present their case to the neutral arbitrator (or panel of arbitrators). The arbitrator listens, much like a judge, and then renders a decision regarding the outcome of the case.

Instead of agreeing upon a decision, as in mediation, the parties in an arbitration must take the decision of the arbitrator as the final word, regardless of their agreement or disagreement with the situation. The outcome is legally binding and final, without the possibility of appeal.


Litigation is the process through which a decision on a case is made in court by a judge and/or jury. Both sides in the matter present their cases, along with supporting evidence. This can be an often expensive and time-consuming process, as there are many things that have to be completed for trial, such as discovery and depositions. Also, the case continues according to the court's schedule and can be drawn out in some cases. Though we are skilled litigators and can articulately argue our clients' cases in court, this may not always be the best avenue of resolution for our clients.

Contact Our Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers In Knox County

Contact us today to arrange your consultation. During this time, an attorney at our law firm can discuss which type of resolution is right for you. We offer free consultations for personal injury matters and a reasonable $50.00 consultation fee (applied towards bill if our firm is hired) for family law and other matters. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Telephone consultations are available with a credit card. Payment plans are available in most cases. Our office hours are Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., with evening appointments available. Call us at 865-694-4685 or toll free at 888-329-7912.