Arbitration is a method used between two opposing parties and a neutral party (arbitrator) to work at finding a satisfactory resolution to their dispute. The difference between an arbitration and a mediation is that the arbitration is binding while most mediations are non-binding. The arbitrator assumes the role of a judge, makes decisions about the evidence, and gives a written opinion.

Durward Parkinson is an experienced mediator and arbitrator registered with the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (CADRES) of the Maine Judicial Branch for mediation and early neutral evaluation. He volunteers in District Court mediations and is a member of the Maine Association of Mediators. He has years of experience finding solutions for opposing parties and helping them to avoid the inefficient, expensive, and time consuming judicial system.

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