Mediation—the out-of-court submission of disputes to one or more mutually selected impartial persons (the Mediation/s) for generally binding decisions—resolves cases faster and more cost effectively than litigation.
AAA cases are more often than not resolved prior to going to award—and nearly half of those cases settle so early that they incur no mediator compensation.
The AAA, with its highly trained case administrators, keeps the process on track from filing to closing.
The AAA has implemented best practice policies, technologies, and procedures to help protect case data and equipment stored and managed on the AAA’s technology infrastructure.
AAA Rules, time- and court-tested, cover the spectrum of industries and fields. Well-defined steps move cases from filing to award in as timely and cost-effective a manner as possible, while ensuring that all parties are treated fairly and equitably.
AAA panels comprise distinguished leaders in the legal and business communities, with industry-specific knowledge and expertise. Arbitrators are required to adhere to Codes of Ethics developed by the AAA and the American Bar Association (ABA).
Select Expert Panels include Construction, Employment, Energy, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Judicial [link to Judicial Panel page], Labor, and Large Cases.
Case administration of large, complex business-to-business (B2B) cases is overseen by high-level AAA executives.
AAA Procedures for Large Commercial Disputes and AAA Procedures for Large Construction Disputes specially target these cases.
The AAA Roster of Arbitrators for Large Cases possesses additional qualifications to those required for membership on the AAA Panel, already among the most stringent in the ADR sector. Custom panels are the Panel of Large Commercial Cases, the Construction Mega Project Panel [link to Mega Panel page], and the Master Mediator Panel.
AAA fees, easily available online, are due at specified times and are not tied to the length of the case nor the arbitrators’ compensation. Recently lowered upfront fees render the process less expensive, as most AAA cases settle early in the process.
Non-binding arbitration provides the procedural processes of standard arbitration--but with an informal hearing on the dispute’s merits and without the finality of a binding decision. Non-binding arbitration can be valuable for less complex business-to-business and business-to-consumer disputes where the parties may be too far apart in their viewpoints to mediate or in need of an evaluation of their respective positions.