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Neutral Case Evaluation

What is Neutral Case Evaluation?

Sometimes very early in a case, the parties want an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. When that happens, the parties can retain NC Conflict Resolution to review the facts of the dispute, the pertinent law and any other considerations of the parties.

A case can be reviewed in a conference with the parties or counsel or with the parties stating their position in writing. The EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION process requires that we evaluate claims, examine potential evidence, and consider all sides before we share an opinion about the outcome of the case. Although an evaluation is not binding, it can provide an early “reality check,” narrow the framing of the dispute and help with discovery or other pretrial options. The opinion will include a candid assessment of liability, estimated settlement value, and the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s claims if the case proceeds to trial. An early evaluation by a Neutral can facilitate early settlement by the parties.