Elizabeth A. Tippin is an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and a commercial mediator on the panel with the San Francisco Bar Association. She has extensive experience in representing design professionals and she is an allied member of the AIA, actively participating on the Small Business Committee.
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The Paradigm Shift In Conflict Resolution Methodology
It wasn't long ago that if a dispute could not be resolved
through direct negotiation, the next step was the traditional
court legal system. At that time our courts were five to ten
years backlogged and by the time the case was tried,
memories were faded, witnesses were dead, and the
passion was often gone from the dispute. Arbitration
became a method of alternative dispute resolution.
However, over the past 20 years there has been a
paradigm shift in conflict resolution methodology.