Settling your disputes outside of court

We can help you minimize the time and expense involved in resolving a business dispute by using alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. I have served as a qualified neutral and arbitrator and have participated in over one hundred mediations and arbitrations as counsel for one party.


If you are a party in a lawsuit, the process of preparing the case can be long, tedious and financially exhausting. Written discovery questions, called interrogatories; the requirement to search for and deliver documents to the other side; and sworn testimony given in depositions are all done in the months leading up to the trial. At any point during trial preparation, and even before a lawsuit is started, you can have a neutral mediator work with both sides separately to find common ground to strike an agreement that is enforceable in a court of law. These settlements cannot be appealed in any court. The cost savings using mediation are substantial.

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An arbitration is essentially a trial without a jury, but a lawyer or a qualified industry professional with specialized knowledge in the subject matter of the dispute acts as the judge. Unlike mediation, arbitration can include the same discovery methods as a trial.  One major difference between arbitration and trial is that trials are public, and arbitrations are private.  Arbitration decisions can often be appealed to the district court.

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Alternative dispute resolution attorney in Northwood, N.D.

To schedule a private meeting to learn more about mediation or arbitration as a way of resolving your dispute, contact Engen Law Firm to speak with attorney David Engen about your options for resolving your dispute. David’s office is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. He meets with clients by appointment.