Resolve Disputes With the Help of a Professional,


Jerry L. Stepp, P.C. has decades of experience helping local residents with mediation and arbitration. Our services have proved to be a successful alternative to litigation proceedings. Our mediation professionals will meet with all involved parties to go over the facts of the case and work to find a peaceful resolution that works for everyone. If necessary, we'll assist with pretrial negotiations and do everything we can to save you money you'd otherwise spend on a lengthy trial.

Reach a resolution faster with the help of a mediation and arbitration attorney. Get in touch with Jerry L. Stepp, P.C. to get started.

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Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, it is presumed that all mediation costs will be shared equally by the parties. The costs and fees are due when billed.


Arbitrations and Mediations are charged at $125.00 per hour, per separately represented party. Additionally, a one- time Administrative Fee of $200.00 will be charged and divided by the parties equally. In the event there is more than one separately represented plaintiff or separately represented defendant (multi-party cases), the hourly rate will be reduced to $100.00 per hour, per party. Since the entire day is blocked, a four (4) hour minimum will be charged, unless cancellation is made fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled arbitration or mediation.


Mileage is not charged, but travel time is billed at the applicable rate, and in the event of the necessity of an overnight stay, hotel and meal charges will be split among the parties.


In the event a scheduled Arbitration or Mediation is cancelled, the $200.00 Administrative Fee will be billed. If, however, the Arbitration or Mediation is rescheduled and held, a credit will be given for those monies.

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Mediation vs. Arbitration vs. Litigation:

What's the Difference?

Litigation is generally something people seek to avoid. It's expensive, time consuming, emotionally draining and unpredictable —- until a judge or jury decides the case, you can never be certain of the outcome. Because litigation is so inefficient for most of us, alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, has become increasingly popular. But before moving forward with possible alternative dispute resolutions, you should first know the difference between arbitration and mediation.

Mediation and Arbitration: What’s the Difference?

Arbitration and mediation are similar in that they are alternatives to traditional litigation, and sometimes they are used in conjunction with litigation (opposing parties may first try to negotiate, and if that fails, move forward to trial). Both arbitration and mediation employ a neutral third party to oversee the process, and they both can be binding. However, it is common to employ mediation as a non-binding process and arbitration as a binding process. In simpler terms, binding arbitration replaces the trial process with the arbitration process.

Arbitration is generally conducted with a panel of multiple arbitrators who take on a role like that of a judge, make decisions about evidence and give written opinions (which can be binding or non-binding). Although arbitration is sometimes conducted with one arbitrator, the most common procedure is for each side to select an arbitrator. Then, those two arbitrators select a third arbitrator, at which point the dispute is presented to the three chosen arbitrators. Decisions are made by majority vote.

Mediation, on the other hand, is generally conducted with a single mediator who does not judge the case but simply helps to facilitate discussion and eventual resolution of the dispute. The Success of Mediation in Modern Litigation

Mediation has enjoyed increasing popularity as an important part of the litigation process. For example, in Georgia, increasingly lawsuits are required to be mediated before a court will allow them to be put on the trial calendar. The reasoning behind this requirement, is because mediation has proven effective in reducing court dockets and trials, and offers a more efficient, cost- effective option to litigation.

Mediation enjoys such high success rates because the parties are brought together in an environment where they can freely and confidentially present their position in front of a neutral third party. Mediation attempts to limit the issues and put them into proper perspective. Participants often feel much better after having an opportunity to get things "off their chest," and also benefit from hearing the other party's point of View. The neutrality and more relaxed atmosphere of mediation may eliminate the desire to continue hostile litigation once both parties have seen all the issues in a fair light.

Mediation can be used for any kind of dispute; there is no need to wait until a dispute results in a lawsuit and is sent to mediation by a judge. Pre-lawsuit mediation is becoming more widely accepted as a sensible way of resolving disputes before they turn into litigation. Besides being confidential and non-binding, mediation is relatively quick and inexpensive compared to litigating a dispute.

Please note that while most certified mediators are attorneys, mediators will not give legal advice during the mediation and are not supposed to make legal conclusions about the merits of either party's position. When the parties come to an eventual agreement, the parties themselves will put the agreement in writing and sign it so that it then becomes a binding contract.

Where Should You Begin?

If two or more parties have a dispute that they think may be appropriate for mediation, they may contact an attorney to advise them on the benefits of mediation versus litigation, and to help them locate a mediator. If the parties like to mediate on their own without the help of attorneys, then they should contact their state bar association who will have a list of mediators to contact for an appointment. Alternatively, they can get in touch with a mediation and/or arbitration organization.

Mediation is a less hostile, less confrontational format for resolving disputes, where parties attempt to resolve their differences between themselves rather than relying on an inefficient, expensive, and time-consuming judicial system. Before your litigation advances, work with your attorney to determine if mediation is right for your case.

Pre—Mediation Contracts

If you want to mediate a dispute, you and the opposing party should enter into a pre-mediation contract. This simple contract should include the following:

  • The mediation should be confidential and non-binding.
  • The parties should agree on who will conduct the mediation and how the mediator will be paid. The cost of the mediator is typically split between the two parties.
  • The parties should agree on the length of the mediation. Most mediation is scheduled for either a half-day or a full day.
  • The parties should agree to mediate in good faith until either party reasonably determines that it is fruitless to continue. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the mediation will result in what is known as an impasse.


Jerry L. Stepp, P.C. offers mediation and arbitration services that will help you save time and money. For decades, we have helped Atlanta and Decatur locals keep their disputes out of court by negotiating peaceful resolutions to their issues.

If you work with us, you’ll experience the numerous benefits of mediation proceedings, like:

  • Cutting down on time spent waiting on a court date.
  • Immediately receiving answers to burning legal questions.
  • Reducing stress because negotiations are kept out of the courtroom.
  • Knowing your information is not going on the court record.

See what we can do for you by calling Jerry L. Stepp, P.C.




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