Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – mediation and arbitration – is now the rule rather than the exception. Most every legal dispute in South Carolina is subject to mandatory mediation. Often, litigants feel that arbitration or mediation, which turn to a lawyer in private practice rather than to a judge or jury, is preferable.
Successful mediation, where an impartial attorney helps guide the parties to an agreement, allows litigants to take control of their own destiny and fashion a resolution of their own making. Arbitration, where a neutral attorney makes the decision, can offer the benefit of efficiency and privacy in resolving disputes, but the result is typically final with no avenue for appeal.
Whether parties in a lawsuit or dispute choose mediation or arbitration, the key to making the process work is choosing an experienced, effective mediator or arbitrator.
Four senior attorneys at Callison Tighe are certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as Circuit Court Mediators. Mike Tighe, Reece Williams, Rick Detwiler and Butch Barnhill each bring experience in business as well as in the law to the mediation process.
Mike Tighe: Early in his career, Mike Tighe clerked for a well-known federal judge and has since been involved in literally thousands of commercial transactions and commercial disputes. In addition to being a certified mediator, Mike Tighe is also a certified arbitrator by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Mike has acted as a single arbitrator and has also been a member of arbitration panels rendering decisions in complex commercial disputes.
Reece Williams: Reece Williams is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has hundreds of jury trials to his credit, is a past president of the Richland County Bar Association and past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, among other professional honors. He is a certified arbitrator by the South Carolina Supreme Court as well as a certified mediator.
Rick Detwiler: Rick Detwiler has been a trial lawyer for the entirety of his 30-year legal career. He has handled a wide variety of cases, from personal injury to commercial litigation. He also has represented clients in divorces and family and probate disputes. He has represented insurance carriers, employers and injured workers in workers’ compensation cases.
Butch Barnhill: Butch Barnhill has decades of legal experience, primarily practicing real estate law, including litigation. He also represents clients in probate matters.