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Article: Comaprison of Dispute Resolution Styles: Collaborative Law v. Adversarial Litigation

Lawyer's Approach

Collaborative Law


Lawyer spends time with client

Lawyer minimizes time with client

Emphasis on client and other party

Emphasis on legal analysis, facts

Works with all positions involved

Must align rigidly to client’s view

Inquiry open-ended to understand case

Inquiry close-ended in legal model

Emotions and feelings valid and managed

Emotions are a distraction from work

Clients’ issues unique

Client fits a “cookie cutter” by issue

End result unknown and unchartered

End result fits options fought for

Encourage communication between parties

Discourage open-ended sessions

Everyone works together as team

Parties divided and positional

Other party is an opportunity for input

Other party is a threat



Inspiring and enlivening process

Draining, disempowering process




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