The courts are closed, litigation is at a standstill, and court reporters’ offices are shut. Many litigators have an unexpected amount of free time while at the same time, their clients are anxious to move their cases forward. And the reality is that there is a simple way to do it: Online Dispute Resolution.
In many cases, having parties greet each other and spend a brief period of time in the same room helps to personalize the matter. That said, I always invite counsel to let me know if, due to the nature of the case or other circumstances, this would be counterproductive.