Finding The Middle Ground

ADR Georgia, LLC was established in 2009 and is the premier mediation company servicing all counties north of Atlanta and outside the perimeter. It has been regularly engaged in mediation of disputes ranging from association disagreements to EEOC complaints, torts, family law, complex litigation matters. Our mediators are all certified and trained, and registered with the Georgia Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution. We are unique in that not all of our mediators are lawyers or judges, although some have those distinctions. We believe that a well-trained mediator can bring the parties together on even the most difficult issues and find middle ground.

Do you really want a judge or jury of 12 strangers deciding your fate in a legal dispute? ADR Georgia is devoted to the art of cost-effective dispute resolution. The cost of litigation in today’s economy, in some cases, leaves the parties worse off than when they started. Middle ground is always better than no ground!

Kurt R. Hilbert

Kurt R. Hilbert is the Managing Member and Founder of The Hilbert Law Firm, LLC.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith has successfully mediated disputes in a variety of sectors including banking, general commercial and many others.

Robbin Shipp

Robbin was formerly a State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly representing House District 58.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Options


Arbitration may be a cost-effective alternative to litigating in court depending on the matter. If your business contract, employment contract or real estate contract contains a provision requiring arbitration, courts are likely to enforce it and you need an experienced advocate to navigate the many rules governing this legal process. Within the informality of arbitration, there are still many rules and obligations which must be met especially if arbitration is before an arbitration forum such as the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, or other arbitration body. Our attorneys are well-versed in all forums and arbitration rules that may govern your dispute. Arbitration is rarely appeal-able, so it must be done right the first time.


Any litigation matter can be mediated if the parties are willing to voluntarily submit to the mediation process and attempt to find middle ground. In mediation, a neutral third party, a mediator, assists a discussion between the parties, their attorneys, and insurance carriers, if appropriate, and keeps them actively thinking of creative ways to resolve the dispute—to find mutually agreeable “middle ground.” The process can create a win-win solution. Of course, if no middle ground can be found, the parties remain free to litigate.


  • Collections Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Landlord Tenant Disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment Disputes
  • Business/Corporate Disputes
  • Complex Litigation Disputes

Mediation is a powerful method of alternative dispute resolution available to parties in disagreement. Mediation is a process of negotiation facilitated by a certified neutral third party. Unlike binding arbitration, which is another process of ADR somewhat similar to trial litigation, mediation doesn’t involve decision-making or judgment by the neutral third party. On the contrary, Mediation permits a neutral to facilitate both sides of a dispute to reach a middle ground that is mutually agreeable to the parties in the dispute. Mediation is the inexpensive alternative to resolving disputes without paying to litigate in Court or in arbitration. It also gives you the power to determine your own fate, as opposed to a judge or 12 strangers in a jury box.

When parties are unwilling or unable to resolve a dispute, the first and least expensive option to attempt to resolve the dispute is to turn to mediation. Mediation is generally a confidential, short-term, structured, task-oriented, and “hands-on” process. In mediation, the disputing parties work with a neutral third party, the mediator, to resolve their disputes. The mediator facilitates the resolution of the parties’ disputes by supervising the exchange of information, relating the positions of the parties through “caucusing”, and the bargaining process. The mediator helps the parties find middle ground and deal with unrealistic expectations. He or she may also offer creative solutions and assist in drafting a final settlement. The role of the mediator is to interpret concerns, relay information between the parties, frame issues, and define the problems.

Mediation is usually a voluntary process, although sometimes homeowners association documents, contracts, employment agreements, statutes, rules, or court orders may require participation in mediation as a condition precedent to court or arbitration. Mediation is common in small claims courts, housing courts, family courts, and some criminal court programs and neighborhood justice centers. Unlike the litigation process, where a judge imposes a decision over the matter, and controls evidence, the parties and their mediator completely control the mediation process — deciding when and where the mediation takes place, who will be present, how the mediation will be paid for, and how the mediator will interact with the parties. The mediation is usually paid for upfront, so that the parties are dedicated to getting the matter resolved.

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  • (404) 692-4343
  • 205 Norcross Street,
    Roswell, GA 30075