While strong litigation skills often are a critical component of effective client representation, the best attorneys also have the ability — and the inclination — to resolve difficult disputes short of trial through mediation or arbitration whenever possible. Of course, successful alternative dispute resolution hinges in large part upon the experience, integrity and legal skills of the mediator or arbitrator you work with.
I am a retired Dane County Circuit Court judge who served 20 years on the bench. I also spent 14 years in private and corporate law practice before starting my own full-time alternative dispute resolution practice. I established Frankel ADR, LLC, in 2007 with the goal of helping parties resolve disputes as efficiently and effectively as possible so they could move to more productive activities with a minimum of unnecessary expense and conflict.
"Mark has mediated a wide variety of cases for me, including complex business disputes, school and disability cases, and contract disputes. He is extremely well-prepared and has an immediate grasp of the facts and the issues that are the heart of a case. He evaluates the case and offers the bench perspective that clients appreciate. These attributes, combined with his creativity and perseverance, make Mark an exceptional mediator."
— Attorney Lori M. Lubinsky, Axley Brynelson, Madison
I am retired Circuit Court Judge Mark A. Frankel, founder of Frankel ADR, LLC, in Middleton, Wisconsin. I have used mediation and arbitration to help parties resolve hundreds of cases, including complex, multimillion-dollar disputes in construction, contract, insurance, probate, personal injury, real estate and more. My knowledge, experience, skill and track record of success have garnered state and national recognition, including:
- Best Lawyers in America in ADR, 2006-2013
- Wisconsin Super Lawyers in business litigation, 2005-2013
- Recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Distinguished Service Award, ADR Section
- Selected for panel listing by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), CPR Institute, and National Arbitration Forum, among others
Why Alternative Dispute Resolution And Why Frankel ADR?
ADR has grown in popularity because of its efficiencies and simplified procedures versus the growing costs and delay of full-blown litigation. Parties can tailor the ADR process to fit and help resolve the unique characteristics of their own dispute. They also have the option to retain a significant voice in the ultimate resolution of the dispute.
What's more, it has been shown that agreements reached through ADR endure because the parties affected the decisions are also the ones making them. When parties reach their own agreement, they are more amenable to abide by the conditions of that agreement.
My philosophy on ADR is to arrive at a full understanding of the legal, factual and personality dynamics at the heart of each case. By doing so, I am able to immediately focus on helping the parties identify key issues, separate wants from needs and initiate a productive dialogue.
I am also available to arbitrate complex disputes, to undertake complex litigation matters as a special master, and I regularly serve as a litigation consultant or an expert witness in complex litigation on substantive legal issues.
Contact me to discuss your legal matters at 608-620-7252, or use the contact form on this website to provide more details about your case.