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Helping You Reach a Resolution

“There is no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings.” Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchel

If you have a case that you are unable to resolve, Christopher P. Kriesen can help you reach an agreement with your opponent, create value for your client, and close your case, avoiding the expense, time, and uncertainty of trial (a resolution method of last resort). We use Doodle to conveniently set up hearing dates, can set dates within a forty-five day window, and in arbitrations issue decisions within thirty days (and often much sooner).

If you need a date immediately, we will work with you to make it happen.

To set up a hearing, contact Attorney Kriesen or Demetra Turi, our Office Manager.

As of September 1, 2018, the Kalon ADR Center donates 10% of its revenue to fund a scholarship for a graduate of the Hartford Youth Scholars Steppingstone Academy, a twenty-six month preparatory program for middle school students, to help with their continuing education.

About Attorney Christopher P. Kriesen

Attorney Christopher P. Kriesen established and heads The Kalon Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, where we seek fair resolutions of disputes by a rule of law centered process. He mediates and arbitrates in the following areas: torts, professional liability, medical malpractice, employment, education, contract disputes, construction, appraisal, business disputes, land use, fee disputes, and appeals. He is also able to facilitate conflict resolution in organizations.

He is a trained mediator (Harvard Law School, Advanced Mediation Workshop, Program on Negotiation and the Quinnipiac School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution). He holds a Certificate in Strategic Decisions and Risk Management from Stanford University. He has tried cases in State and Federal Court and has argued appeals before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts. He is an Attorney Trial Referee, Fact Finder, and Arbitrator in the Hartford Superior Court.

Unlike some mediators/arbitrators, he is an active litigator. He understands the elements of a case and the risks of a jury trial for both sides. Although some cases need to be tried, most cases get tried because one side (and sometimes both) miscalculated. Not only are jury verdicts unpredictable, but trying a case is expensive, inefficient, and does not offer finality – one side can always appeal.

“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”
Abigail Van Buren, newspaper columnist

Mediation offers an opportunity for the parties to come to a consensus about a resolution of their case. Arbitration offers an opportunity for parties to resolve a case where they may not agree upon the value, but seek a more efficient resolution than a trial.

Attorney Kriesen dedicates himself to your case alone. He does not schedule matters at the same time, overlap schedules, or allow distractions. He offers his services statewide.

Reviews

“Appreciate your treatment; very professional”

“Chris was very well prepared and knew the law and materials quite well. He was also very fair in his handling of the matter. He was also efficient in issuing his decision, which is a very refreshing considering how long most Arbitrators take to send out their decision.”

“Will certainly use him again in the future – Very fair results”

Mediations

“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
Charles Darwin

Mediations are informal, guided negotiations in which the neutral explores a resolution of a case with the parties, taking into consideration the elements of the case and the particular risk factors of trying the case for both sides. Mediations offer an opportunity to express differences, create value, find common ground, and agree upon a solution, rather than be bound by a decision issued by a judge or jury.

How Attorney Kriesen can help you:

He offers a blended facilitative/evaluative/transformative process (adapting his approach according to the situation) and uses the framework set forth in the seminal book, “Getting to Yes,” focusing on a principle based negotiation, with a focus on the real problem, interests of the parties, favorable options, and objective standards to guide the process. He also uses a case analysis tool he developed and Decision Quality (a fact and logic based process of decision making) to help parties privately understand their issues and reach favorable solutions. He helps parties realize opportunities for creating value not possible through litigation so parties will feel like they have gained, not lost something, in the process. He will not value a case unless specifically asked to do so.

Counsel will be expected to submit mediation statements (which they may agree to share), give an opening statement, and engage in a good faith negotiation. Principal decision makers are expected to be present, but, if out of state, may attend through teleconferencing.

Our free guide on how to prepare for and present at a mediation is available for you here: The Mediation Process

The Signs of a Great Mediator:

1. Prepared;

2. Self-Aware;

3. Follows a Process;

4. Listens;

5. Objective;

6. Credible;

7. Creative;

8. Persistent;

9. Guides the Parties to Their Solution.

Reasons to Mediate:

1. It’s a fair process;

2. It’s less expensive than litigation;

3. It’s faster than litigation;

4. It’s confidential;

5. You control the outcome.

Arbitrations

“Clients should understand that it often is to their benefit to trade hope for certainty.”
Goltz, “Settling the Score”, ABA Journal 8/96, p. 90

Arbitrations are mini-trials, in which the rules of evidence apply (but may be waived by the parties), and the arbitrator decides the issues submitted.

How Attorney Kriesen can help you:

As an active litigator for over twenty years, he has his finger on the pulse of case values. He will issue a written decision within thirty days of the hearing.

Counsel are expected to submit stipulated evidence before the arbitration, stipulate to facts not in dispute, give opening statements, introduce testimony at the hearing, and may give closing statements.

Our free guide on how to prepare for and present at an arbitration is available for you here: The Arbitration Process

Signs of a Great Arbitrator:

1. Competent;

2. Objective;

3. Listens;

4. Thorough;

5. Discreet;

6. Decisive.

Reasons to Arbitrate:

1. It’s a fair process;

2. It’s less expensive than litigation;

3. It’s faster than litigation;

4. It’s confidential;

5. It’s final.

Settlement Days

Looking to move your caseload, save litigation costs, and better serve your insureds/clients? Attorney Kriesen can facilitate Settlement Days for insurance companies and/or plaintiffs’ firms with large volumes.

Fee Schedule

The initial fee is $750 per party, which covers scheduling, review of documents submitted before the hearing, the first three hours of the hearing, and writing of a decision (for arbitrations). Each hour thereafter will be billed at $350 an hour (or portion thereof) split evenly between the parties. Any follow up discussions to resolve a case will not be charged. Settlement Days are a flat fee of $3,000.00.

 

 

 

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Effective September 14, 2015

Hartford Square Office

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Directions for Hartford Square

From the North

Take Route 91 South to the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A. You will be on the Whitehead Highway. The first exit is Columbus Boulevard. Take this exit and turn Left at the light. Go over the bridge. Our building is the 10 floor Silver building on the Left. The Garage entrance is at the beginning of the building.

From the South

Take Route 91 North to the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A and follow the directions above.

From the West

Take Route 84 East to Route 91 South. Take your first exit on Route 91, the “Capitol Area” Exit 29A. and follow the directions above.

From the East

Take Route 84 West to the “Downtown Hartford” Exit. You will cross the Connecticut River on the Founders Bridge (stay in the Left Lane) and come to a traffic light with the downtown area directly in from of you. Turn Left at the light on Columbus Boulevard. Pass the Convention Center and go over the bridge. Our building is the 10 floor Silver building. The Garage entrance is at the beginning of the building.

Parking

The parking garage is located underground. Go up the stairs to the lobby and check in at the security desk. You must exchange your parking ticket for a token in order to leave the garage.