- Washington, DC US
An experienced attorney, Synthia Kucner has provided legal counsel to schools and federal agencies. She has served as an attorney for the United States Department of Agriculture, in addition to providing legal counsel to Anne Arundel County Public Schools. While lawyers such as Synthia Kucner often provide litigation support in trials, there are several other options that parties may choose when seeking to resolve conflict. One common form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is mediation, in which a neutral party helps both sides of a dispute come to an agreement. Mediators do not pass legal judgment on the case, but they guide the parties toward a mutual solution. This method is often useful to solve legal disagreements between family members or business partners. In contrast, a decision to pursue arbitration allows a neutral party to listen to each side of a disagreement and decide its resolution. Binding arbitration does not grant the right to an appeal, while nonbinding arbitration allows the parties to pursue a trial as an alternative to the arbitrator’s decision. Additionally, neutral evaluation allows individuals to hear the likely outcome of their case, should it go to trial. A neutral party with significant knowledge of subjects relevant to the disagreement listens to shortened arguments from each side, then suggests settlement options based on expected trial outcomes.