Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation and Arbitration

A collaborative approach to resolving disputes

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 Furlong & Behm is on the leading edge in this important legal arena, with partner James Spink as a recognized leader in the ADR field. Having conducted more than 1700 mediations over the course of 20 years, Mr. Spink is Vermont’s only member of both the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He was the recipient of Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for ADR – Burlington, Vermont for 2011.

James Spink has helped individuals, corporate 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, and all types of cases pending in Vermont’s federal and state court systems. With his breadth of knowledge and experience, he is a vital resource for his colleagues within the firm as they represent clients preparing for, and participating in, mediations and arbitrations.