Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution Launches in Eastern and Central Massachusetts

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The Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution, a new center that offers alternatives to resolving disputes in court, has opened offices in Wellesley Hills and Westborough, Massachusetts. Focused on resolving disputes in employment, business, health care, probate and family matters, the center is designed to provide family and closely-held businesses as well as entrepreneurial, non-profit and mission-based organizations with more cost-effective, efficient and less damaging approaches to handling disputes than lawsuits. The Center's approaches are designed to keep the control of the process used and the decision making with respect to the outcome in the hands of the clients involved in the dispute.

Litigation is costly, not only financially, but more so in terms of lost time, lost opportunity, damaged relationships and the toll it takes on people and organizations

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The Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution, a new center that offers several alternatives to resolving disputes in court, has opened in eastern and central Massachusetts. Focused on resolving disputes in employment, business, healthcare, probate and family matters and situations, the Center was created to provide family-and closely-held businesses as well as entrepreneurial, non-profit and mission-based organizations with more cost-effective, efficient and less damaging approaches to handling disputes than lawsuits. The Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based Center also has offices in Westborough.

"Litigation is costly, not only financially, but more so in terms of lost time, lost opportunity, damaged relationships and the toll it takes on people and organizations," said Center founder Michael Zeytoonian. "With over 98.2 percent of cases filed in courts settled without going to trial , this expensive process, although appropriate in some cases, is unnecessary for most. As a result, the Center is designed to offer its clients cost-efficient alternatives to the high costs of litigation by focusing on settlement by design and by intention.

The Zeytoonian Center team consists of its core staff, Of Counsel Attorneys, and affiliated Mediators, Expert/Consultants and Coaches. All of the Center's attorneys and mediators are trained in collaborative law. The Center's founding member, Michael A. Zeytoonian, is a lawyer, mediator and ombudsman. A partner at Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP, in Wellesley Hills, Mass., he specializes in employment law, mediation, collaborative law, business law, administrative law and negligence. Zeytoonian is admitted to practice in the state and federal district courts of Massachusetts and New York (Southern District) and the state of Connecticut. Previously, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. Zeytoonian writes frequently on collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and has trained lawyers in collaborative law around the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Many people have heard of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, but are unclear as to what ADR is. The alternative dispute resolution processes and techniques offered by the Zeytoonian Center include mediation, collaborative law, case evaluation and the use of ombudsmen and consultants. One of the Center's goals is to educate clients about how the alternatives work and help them design and choose an approach that works best for their specific situation and circumstances. The Center's first task with a new client is to thoroughly assess the situation, the facts, the applicable law and the parties involved, and then help the client determine which approach would work best.

The Zeytoonian Center's work is focused on problem-solving, identifying the interests of the parties involved in the conflict and developing creative options to satisfy their needs, rather than taking the adversarial approach inherent in litigation. It utilizes the talents of lawyers, mediators, expert consultants and coaches, working with clients to bring about real and lasting solutions. "Often, the conflict involves legal issues, but sometimes the problem is not a legal one as much as it is a situation in the workplace that needs some expert coaching or facilitation by people trained to do that," said Zeytoonian.

One of the concepts the Zeytoonian Center is dedicated to is the "sovereignty of the client." Its approaches are designed to keep the control of the process used and the decision making with respect to the outcome in the hands of the clients involved in the dispute. The Center does not offer litigation or arbitration because in those methods, the parties give up the decision-making as to the outcome to a judge, a jury or an arbitrator, constraining the freedom of the parties involved to design or choose a process that would work better for their situation.

About the Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution, LLC
The Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution provides legal and dispute resolution services that are preventive, proactive, efficient and collaborative. Our early intervention services work proactively to help clients anticipate problems that arise in organizations and put policies, procedures and training programs in place to engage, manage and diffuse problems and prevent them from escalating into disputes or claims. Our dispute resolution services are designed to efficiently offer the kind of advocacy that protects clients' rights, educates them on the best approach to their dispute, and helps them achieve a resolution that satisfies their interests.

For more information, please visit http://www.zeytooniancenter.com or contact the Zeytoonian Center at (781) 489-2270.

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