Are you an ADR professional?
If not, why not?
If yes, are you happy with the amount of ADR work you have?
In my journey as an ADR professional, I keep hearing the same two things:
- One: "I'm afraid of making ADR the focus of my practice, because I'm not sure I can make a good enough living at it."
- Two: "I'm already an ADR professional, but I don't know how to get more clients."
Those are legitimate concerns — and they're also very solvable. Many dispute resolution professionals make very good livings without litigating, all while enjoying all the personal and professional benefits that come with having an ADR practice.
The benefits of ADR practice aren't just for the clients, although there's no doubt that many clients benefit tremendously from choosing non-adversarial alternatives. The benefits of ADR practice are also for the professionals, and they have a common theme: freedom. Freedom to set your own schedule; to carve out time for yourself and your family, without having to negotiate that time with a court or "opposing" counsel. Freedom to choose who you take as clients, what services you offer them, and how you provide those services. Freedom to define the scope and operation of your practice on virtually every level.
I've seen literal tears of relief when former litigators choose to embrace that freedom.
Today I'm pleased to announce the launch of the ADR Initiative, a podcast and blog series directed at helping professionals launch and grow successful ADR practices.
In this introductory episode, I give you a bit of background about myself and why I created the ADR Initiative. Going forward, I'll be interviewing other ADR professionals about what they do, how they got here, and valuable lessons they've learned along the way.
In addition to the podcast, this site will also host a blog series about building and marketing your ADR brand.
Please have a listen, and be sure to subscribe for future updates. Welcome to The ADR Initiative!