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Inspiring Conversations with Joseph George of George & George ADR Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mediator Joseph George.

Hi Joseph, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started my career as a business negotiator. I handle many cases negotiating for big companies on issues like mergers & acquisitions, lease terms agreements, partnerships dissolution, and working with law firms in the negotiation of different types of cases. My past experiences have thought me a lot and have shaped me to be a great mediator and arbitrator.

Growing up in the US Virgin Islands, I was introduced to various areas of the construction business at an early age. As a young boy and into my teens, I spent a lot of time building homes with my father who was also a construction worker. I also worked as chief engineer for hotels which was a great segway for me to serve in multiple roles in the multi-family housing industry where I got training as a REAC inspector for HUD. This further solidified my expertise in the areas of arbitration and mediation and allowed me to effectively handle construction and landlord disputes.

Wanting more and the trust for the knowledge I acquired some potent skills that would separate me from my peers such as I have acquired certifications in the important areas of ADA coordinator, paralegal/legal assistant, human resource, conflict management, risk management, beauty professional consultant, and construction project manager.

Now, I’m a mediator and arbitrator where I handle disputes for different courts and law firms as well as the private sector/pro se clients in the following areas Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) | Fair Housing Act | Breach of Contract | Discrimination | Employment/Labor | Landlord-Tenant | Condominium/HOA |Commercial |Eminent domain | Cannabis Dispute | Agriculture/Farm Land dispute | Small Claims | Insurance claim | Lemond Law | Construction Disputes

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My obstacles have been to educate the public about mediation and arbitration processes. Due to the industry’s lack of promotion to the public.

Alternative dispute resolution “ADR” which includes mediation and arbitration has been around for centuries but here today we still have people who have never heard of this process.

Mediation & Arbitration is two of the best dispute processes that you can use to settle your agreements outside the court system they are confidential proceeding and a whole lot less expensive than going to trial.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
George & George ADR Group provides conflict resolution services in a broad range of industry sector areas, including disputes concerning labor and employment matters, contracts, construction disputes, lien notice disputes, HOA / COA disputes, ADA Accessibility, landlord and tenant, divorce separation of assets, hospitality, and cannabis disputes.

The firm also offers other services that complement what we do. Such services included are loan signing, immigration form service, notary service, and grant writing. One of the firms primarily focuses is on the beauty and cosmetic industry. This includes hair salons, day spas, barbershops, and suite renters through arbitration, mediation, and negotiation.

The George & George ADR Group firm’s mission is to provide high-quality, customized counsel to all of our clients. We accomplish this by developing and maintaining, strong professional partnerships with our clients. These partnerships are founded on our ethics and comprehensive understanding of our clients’ daily business functions, and the challenges they face.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The alternative dispute resolution industry has been around for centuries but with covid 19 it has catapulted because of the courthouse backlog on cases.

Now, most cases are being sent to mediation and arbitration. With more education about mediation and arbitration to the public, I’m sure the public is going to see how beneficial mediation and arbitration are for their disputes.

One of the biggest shifts that I have seen is more companies have started including an arbitration or mediation clause in their employment contract.

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