Mediation and Arbitration

A collaborative approach to resolving disputes

Note that Jim Spink continues to offer mediations online, and he is conducting many mediation sessions via Zoom. Click here to read more about online mediation, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Mediation and arbitration are widely-used forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that avoid the considerable expense, delay and uncertainty of formal litigation. ADR is becoming critically important as civil trials occur less frequently each year.

Using a mediator can have many benefits over trying a case in court. Beyond offering significant savings in time and money, ADR is private and confidential, and is a legal process that fosters cooperation within a less formal process than litigation, even for complex matters.

Sheehey is a leader in this important legal arena, with partner Jim Spink recognized as an expert in the ADR field. Jim has conducted more than 3,000 mediations over the course of 25+ years. He is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and was the recipient of Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” – Burlington, Vermont for ADR (2011 and 2013) and Mediation (2020). He is also recognized by Super Lawyers New England for ADR.

Through ADR, we help individuals, corporate and other legal entities and insurers resolve a wide variety of conflicts, including:

  • Business governance and dissolution matters
  • Employment disputes
  • Personal injury claims
  • Patent litigation
  • Land disputes
  • Probate issues
  • All types of cases pending before Vermont’s federal and state courts