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Mediation & Arbitration


Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where parties agree to work with a neutral mediator to resolve their differences outside of court. In some cases, the court may require parties to attempt mediation before bringing a case to trial.

Pierce W. Hamblin John R. Martin Jr. Leslie P. Vose Erin C. S. Izzo


Arbitration often arises from an arbitration agreement or clause of a contract. Binding arbitration agreements typically mandate that disputing parties resolve their differences through the arbitration process rather than seeking a jury trial. The process is most often used to resolve commercial disputes or consumer-driven civil litigation.

Pierce Hamblin Erin Izzo

Certified Mediators Who Focus on Efficient Solutions

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Pierce W. Hamblin and John R. Martin Jr. have been recognized by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, for their exceptional work.

Pierce W. Hamblin has been appointed by order of multiple courts to serve as a special master commissioner in multiple claim litigation throughout eastern Kentucky. In 2022, Pierce Hamblin was recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Mediation. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, a Kentucky Top 50 SuperLawyer, and a Best Lawyer in America. He has spent the past 42 years litigating cases. He has tried cases throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky ranging from personal injury, wrongful death and products liability to medical/legal malpractice and municipal civil rights cases and police pursuit cases. He has defended multiple insurance companies in Bad Faith Litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has been Lead Trial Counsel for many insurance companies in this area of Kentucky for several years.

John R. Martin Jr. has been certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1994. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers edition of the Louisville magazine under both Personal Injury Defense and Mediation since 2006. He has been listed by Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007 and Best Lawyers in America since 1995, which is the oldest and most respected peer rated publication in the legal profession. He has over 40 years’ experience and has practiced primarily in Insurance Defense, including Personal Injury, UM/UIM, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Product Liability, Property Casualty, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Insurance Coverage Disputes and Bad Faith.

Leslie P. Vose has been a certified mediator since 2001. Leslie has practiced primarily in civil trial practice, employment and labor law, civil rights, insurance coverage, bad faith, contract, personal injury, product liability, arson, and fraud. She has been board certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1991. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, a Kentucky Super Lawyer, a Best Lawyer in America, and she is repeatedly recognized as a top 25 female SuperLawyer in Kentucky.

Erin C. S. Izzo is a Court-Approved Mediator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has been a civil litigator for over 17 years for both plaintiffs and defense, primarily in employment law and worker’s compensation. She has been mentored by Pierce Hamblin and has mediated for over 7 years, with cases primarily involving medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, personal injury, and contract disputes.

Our experienced neutrals will work hard to help you hammer out a workable and reasonable solution to even the most complex legal disputes.

To speak with one of our lawyers about mediation or arbitration, please call us in Lexington at 859-554-4038 or in Louisville at 502-589-7616 for an appointment. You may also complete our intake form.