Negotiating a settlement between you and the other party is one of the most common methods of Alternate Dispute Resolution. Very often, after the initial emotions of a given situation have abated, the parties are able to work together to reach a solution. This might entail trading emails or having a meeting at the ‘kitchen table.’ Frequently, both parties meet with their attorneys in a conference room and the four of you will settle a case. One of the attorneys then drafts the formal agreement and judgment paperwork.
It is not unusual for cases that cannot reach an agreement in negotiated settlement to move to another method of Alternate Dispute Resolution, such as Mediation or the Collaborative Approach, where the assistance of a neutral mediator or other trained professional can help you reach a settlement outside of court.