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Mediation & Arbitration

Attorney Rome has served for over thirty years as both a Mediator and Arbitrator in both the public and private sectors. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in helping his clients mediate and resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.

As a former legal counsel for the Vermont State Employees Association, Collective Bargaining Representative for all Vermont State employees, Attorney Rome gained great experience in mediation and arbitration, which resulted in his being a member of the American Arbitration Association. Also, because of his many years in family law he has become a respected family law mediator.

Often, this collaborative approach can help to save time and money that would otherwise be spent fighting long and costly legal battles inside of the court room.


What is the difference between Mediation & Arbitration?

While both mediation and arbitration utilize a neutral third party to help resolve conflict, there is one major difference between these two alternative conflict resolution methods.

In cases where a mediator is used, this third party is present to simply serve as a facilitator between the two disputing parties, guiding productive conversation without making any decisions or rulings on the matters at hand. 

In arbitration, the Arbitrator is in control of the process and, ultimately, decides the outcome based on the listening of evidence and supplying a final ruling. While this option is less formal and can be more flexible than a formal court hearing, the final rulings from the Arbitrator are final and binding. 



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