Given the expense, unpredictability and delays involved in litigating cases in court, sophisticated businesses and individuals are increasingly turning to mediation or arbitration to resolve their disputes. And with good reason. Mediation and arbitration are dispute resolution alternatives that are far more cost effective than litigation and they are handled promptly and confidentially. In the case of our experience has been that the mediated cases settle almost 98% of the time.

Thomas F. Maffei, an experienced civil litigator, past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has mediated over 100 cases in the past few years. His approach is to study the issues carefully, based on briefs submitted by the parties, speak with counsel before the mediation and be pro-active at the mediation.

We also have substantial experience in arbitration, from simple, two-party commercial disputes to complex, multi-party proceedings with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.



Our ADR team is experienced at resolving disputes, as a neutral mediator or in mediations or arbitrations before a neutral in a range of matters including:

  • Business and commercial disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Closely-held company disputes
  • Intellectual property matters (with the exception of patent cases)
  • Professional liability matters
  • Employment matters
  • Insurance coverage disputes