Mediation & Arbitration Neutrals

The laws firm’s attorneys have participated in hundreds of mediations in a broad range of practice areas.  The cost and time for a case to proceed from filing to trial, along with the uncertainty of outcomes at trial, have resulted in many clients seeking alternative resolutions to their disputes.  The firm recognizes the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), primarily mediation and arbitration, and utilizes these processes to serve client needs.

The firm also offers the services of attorneys as third-party neutrals in ADR.  Jerry Bales and Chris Kurtz serve as arbitrators with the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), primarily in the areas of commercial, construction, and consumer disputes.  Mr. Bales and Fred Starrett serve as mediators to facilitate the resolution of legal disputes in multiple areas, including, commercial, construction, insurance, personal injury, employment, and real estate matters.

Mr. Bales, Mr. Starrett, and Mr. Kurtz have more than 85 years of experience in litigation, including 25 years in mediation and arbitration services.  In addition, Mr. Bales has received extensive training in mediation and arbitration, is a member of the AAA Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in the country), and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.


The law firm’s has significant experience in the area of ADR, including arbitration and mediation:

  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses in Contracts
  • Enforcing Arbitration Clauses
  • Representing clients in Arbitrations
  • Representing clients in Mediations
  • Arbitration Neutrals – Arbitrators
  • Mediation Neutrals – Mediators