Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We have successfully used ADR techniques in a number of cases to provide clients with a swifter resolution than would otherwise be available through judicial or administrative processes. We have participated in formal and informal ADR at The Court of Federal Claims, Boards of Contract Appeals and the General Accounting Office. Recently, we proposed using ADR to resolve a matter involving an appeal by the Government of a favorable entitlement decision for our client at the ASBCA. Following a two day mediation utilizing a private mediator, the parties reached an agreement to dismiss the appeal and resolve the underlying claim.

Karen Powell is a past Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. The Section has four active committees and regularly sponsors programs for all sectors of the Dispute Resolution community.

Karen Powell speaks at conferences and meetings of attorneys and contract professionals on the use of ADR.

  • Ms. Powell chaired and presented at a panel at the Dispute Resolution Section Conference in Washington, DC (2001).
  • Ms. Powell presented on ADR and Government Contracting at the National Contract Management Association’s Twin Cities Spring 1999 Chapter meeting.
  • Ms. Powell moderated the program at Northrup Grumman on Dispute Review Boards.
  • Ms. Powell contributed to the ABA publication:¬†Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Practical Guide for Resolving Government Contract Controversies¬†, authored by the Honorable Martin J. Harty, Joseph M. McDade, Jr., and Richard C. Walters, et al, 1999.

In addition, Joe Petrillo authored a column on ADR for GCN: “Obstacles Continue to Hinder Dispute Resolution Process,” (May 1996.)