How Lawyers Benefit From Early Neutral Evaluation

Law360, New York (April 3, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT) -- Lawyers facing litigation have a number of alternative dispute resolution options. They can pursue mediation or arbitration. But if they are considering summary judgment or a bench trial, there is another available tool: early neutral evaluation.

Early neutral evaluation usually asks a retired judge to consider one party’s case, as if preparing to rule on summary judgment or presiding over a bench trial. Instead of deciding the case, the judge evaluates the case and its presentation. Independent neutral evaluation essentially applies a mock trial approach to...
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