Liberty Lawyer agency

    92128 Avenita Sivrita, San Diego, CA 92128

    Phone: 858-550-9958 Fax: 858-642-2001

Steven Sayler, Attorney

Regulations in California are the strictest in the nation. Businesspeople face many challenges: multiple-party disputes, construction issues, real estate and ownership disputes, complex insurance problems, and more.

Practice Areas

Business & Commercial Law

  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Partnership & Shareholder Agreements
  • Incorporation of Business
  • Contracts/Leases
  • Independent Contractor
  • General Legal & Business Advice

Business & Commercial Litigation

  • Contract Disputes
  • Leases
  • Employee Issues
  • Labor Code Hearings
  • Partnership & Shareholder
  • Collection Issues
  • Business Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolutions
  • Mediation

Real Estate Law

San Diego Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Attorney

Alternative Dispute Resolution refers to any method of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. Why is ADR used so frequently? Courts are overflowing with cases, litigation is costly to all parties, and time delays are frustrating and counter-productive. For these reasons, more states have begun experimenting with ADR programs. Some of these programs are voluntary; others are mandatory.

While the two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation, negotiation is almost always attempted first to resolve a dispute.


Negotiation allows the parties to meet in order to settle a dispute. The main advantage of this form of dispute settlement is that it allows the parties themselves to control the process and the solution, instead of having decisions handed down by the court.

As a proactive tool, there are many business, commercial, and real estate matters where Mr. Sayler’s negotiation skills can be helpful:
  • Compensation for employees and consultants
  • With Investors
  • With Suppliers
  • With Landlords and Property Management companies
  • Real Estate purchase and sale agreements
  • Easements, boundary and title
  • Construction
With up-font negotiations, issues can be set up for best advantage from the beginning. When there are misunderstandings and/or changes in needs of the involved parties, negotiations can reestablish parameters, establish more viable scenarios, and create mutually-beneficial outcomes.


Mediation is another informal alternative to litigation. Mediators are individuals trained in negotiations, who bring opposing parties together in an attempt to work out a settlement or agreement that both parties can agree upon. Mediation is used for a wide range of case-types including those involving business, commercial and real estate matters.

Settlement through mediation is completely voluntary by the participants, which is one of the advantages. Mediation proceedings are not public records.


Arbitration is a simplified version of a trial involving limited discovery and simplified rules of evidence. Arbitration is typically binding upon the parties.

Arbitration hearings usually last between a few days to a week. After all evidence has been presented, the arbitrator then deliberates and issues a written decision, or “arbitration award.” Opinions are not public record. However, if the losing party does not comply with the arbitration award, the prevailing party may petition the court to have the arbitration award turned into a judgement (which will become a matter of public record). Arbitration is a useful method for settling business, commercial and real estate disputes.

Whether for your business, commercial, real estate, or personal needs - to establish a more effective legal strategy, contact the office for a
FREE 30-minute initial consultation.