Since the early 1990s, Joseph Stine Law has been a leading advocate for the effective use of Alternative Dispute Solution (ADR) Services by attorneys in North San Diego County. Joe founded the ADR Section of the North County Bar Association (NCBA). He has also organized scores of programs to educate attorneys on ADR. A dozen of his articles on effective and timely use of mediation have also been published in NCBA monthly magazine. Joseph has also participated in the development of the mediation referral program that is used by the San Diego Superior Court to settle thousands of civil cases each year.
California courts have embraced the use of ADR for a wide variety of civil disputes. Mediation and arbitration are the most frequently employed forms of ADR. In many cases, ADR processes can settle or otherwise resolve disputes in a manner that is more satisfying and less expensive than going to trial.
Joseph Stine Law’s ADR Services has the experience and expertise to assist attorneys through mediation before filing a lawsuit.
Joe has worked as a mediator to assist attorneys with settling hundreds of civil cases. Every case presents different settlement challenges. In some cases, emotional hostility between the parties calls for a patient, facilitative dialogue before serious discussion of settlement options. In other cases, the conflict calls for detailed questioning of counsel about the applicable law and evaluation of the risks of going to trial.
We offer multiple templates that can be used in memorializing the terms of settlements. If no settlement is reached at the session, follow-up phone calls to each counsel are routinely made to further explore options for resolution. Our approach is to employe a persistent “can do” attitude toward settlement and do not cease efforts to resolve the dispute unless parties refuse to participate in further negotiation.
Arbitration / Hearing Officer Services
Joe is also experienced in other forms of ADR. When parties are unable to settle, Joseph Stine Law can provide them with a fair, informal hearing and render a legally supportable arbitration award.
When attorneys are entrenched in a discovery dispute, Joe is also available for court appointment as a discovery referee. As a referee, Joe serves public entities as a neutral hearing officer on business license disputes, contested parking citations, and public employee disability retirement appeals.
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Please call 760-579-7694 with questions.
Joseph is a San Diego native and has practiced law for 39 years specializing in Real Estate, Business and Civil Litigation. He also served as the 2016 President of the North County Bar Association.