Alternative Dispute Resolution, or “ADR” (sometimes also referred to as “Appropriate Dispute Resolution”) is a growing movement designed to offer creative alternatives to ‘filing a lawsuit’ and ‘going to trial,’ through the use of ADR processes such as mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, facilitation, private judging, collaborative law, and more.

The ADR Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association is a voluntary group of ADR providers and professionals, including both lawyers and non-lawyers, who are committed to the following goals:

To promote awareness among the public of the opportunities ADR provides for the effective resolution of all manner of disputes, public and private, personal and corporate, large and small.

To promote and maintain the professional competence of neutrals who provide ADR services, and to inspire excellence in the practice of ADR.

To provide and promote guidelines for the ethical practice of ADR, and to help guide the evolution of ADR as a fair, effective and economical way to resolve disputes.

Chair:  Katherine Gallo