International Arbitration, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney Seattle

In the normal course of day-to-day business affairs, disputes are often inevitable. Parties might disagree as to their individual rights and obligations no matter how carefully a contract is written. This can lead to delayed shipments, complaints about the quality of merchandise, claims of nonperformance, and similar misunderstandings. The resolution of such disputes, however, need not be costly and acrimonious. Alternative means of dispute resolution can saves money and time, and can help to put the dispute behind you while preserving valuable business relationships.

The lawyers of Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC are competent in a broad range of dispute resolution services.


A meeting between disputants, their representatives and a mediator to discuss settlement. The mediator’s role is to help the disputants explore issues, needs and settlement options. The mediator may offer suggestions and point out issues that the disputants may have overlooked, but resolution of the dispute rests with the disputants themselves. A mediation conference can be scheduled very quickly and requires a relatively small amount of preparation time. The conference usually begins with a joint discussion of the case, followed by the mediator working with the disputants both together and separately, if appropriate, to resolve the case. Many cases are resolved within a few hours. Perhaps most important, mediation works!


Arbitration is referral of a dispute to one or more impartial persons for final and binding determination. Private and confidential, it is designed for quick, practical, and economical settlements. Parties can exercise additional control over the arbitration process by adding specific provisions to their contracts” arbitration clauses or, when a dispute arises, through the modification of certain of the arbitration rules to suit a particular dispute. Stipulations may be made regarding confidentiality of proprietary information used; evidence, locale, number of arbitrators; and issues subject to arbitration, as examples. The parties may also provide for expedited arbitration procedures, including the time limit for rendering an award, if they anticipate a need for hearings to be scheduled on short notice. All such mutual agreements will be binding.

Prior to the initial hearing in a case, the Arbitrator may schedule either an administrative conference with the parties or a preliminary hearing with the arbitrator(s) and the parties to arrange for such matters as the production of relevant documents and the identification of witnesses, for discussion of and agreement by the parties to any desired rule modifications.