Civil Mediation, Collaborative Law & Arbitration Lawyers in North Carolina

We recognize that mediation, arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures can often lead to a quicker and less expensive outcome than litigation. Several of our attorneys serve as mediators and/or arbitrators, and in those roles have worked with hundreds of parties to resolve conflicts outside of the courtroom. One of our partners has also been trained in civil collaborative law, an emerging ADR process in civil litigation.

When serving as advocates for our clients, we regularly engage in early case assessment to determine what ADR techniques best serve our clients’ interests.

Our firm’s business and transactional lawyers often incorporate ADR clauses in a range of commercial agreements.

Services We Offer


Mediation can take place before or after a lawsuit has been filed. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates the resolution between two or more parties. Choosing an experienced mediator is vital to the cooperation of all parties and the overall success of mediation. At The Van Winkle Law Firm, we understand the delicate nature of the mediation process and have fully adapted to the nuances of virtual video mediations.


In contrast to mediation, where the parties control the outcome, the arbitrator controls the outcome during the arbitration. Arbitration is more closely related to a trial than other ADR procedures, making appointing an experienced, unbiased arbitrator essential to the integrity and resolution of the case. Here at our Ashville, NC, law firm, we will provide a professional and knowledgeable arbitration attorney who will make informed decisions based on facts, evidence, and law, providing trusted resolutions for even the most complex cases.

Civil Collaboration

A popular procedure in family law, civil collaborative law is similar to mediation and seeks to amicably resolve cases. In a collaborative effort, a civil collaborative attorney and additional professionals, such as a CPA and therapist, work together to facilitate a resolution. It is important to choose an attorney who is specially trained in civil collaborative law as the many moving parts and layers of this process can be difficult to navigate.

How Our Civil Mediation & Arbitration Attorneys Can Help

Our understanding of civil mediation and arbitration comes from years of hands-on experience throughout North Carolina. The Van Winkle Law Firm is a full-service law firm and provides a plethora of services in several specialties. Our clients can count on teamwork from all our Asheville attorneys and staff; working together to protect our clients. Contact our civil litigation attorneys to learn more about how our arbitration and mediation services can help resolve your case!