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Settle Your Dispute Early With Anodyne Alternative Dispute Resolution

All judges require mediation before trial.  95% of lawsuits settle due to length, expense and emotions.

Bypass the litigation turmoil. 

I'm Lisa Pittman, and I have tried dozens of commercial business and personal injury cases over 25 years, and I know what flies and what doesn't. I can help you clients get realistic about the strength and weakenss of their case and the likelihood of success.

Anodyne ADR will reduce the dispute down to what it takes to resolve it – early, efficiently, and less painfully.

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Mediation and Arbitration

Both mediation and arbitration aim to amicably resolve an otherwise contentious dispute in a manner that is largely fair to all parties.  The parties can often agree to the parameters, scope, and procedure of ADR tailored to the situation at hand.



Most Arbitrators will be flexible and work around the schedules and needs of the parties, unlike court proceedings.



Are you fighting someone seriously enough that you think a lawsuit may result?



The ultimate goal will be a complete resolution of the dispute and a binding settlement agreement.

I specialize in cannabis business law.

Since 2015, I have been working in cannabis law all over the United States, and the world.  I assist business clients and governments in hemp, medical and recreational marijuana operations across numerous regulatory regimes and licensing platforms.  I spent 2 years in Colorado during its hemp and marijuana heyday, and have learned a thing or two about the laws, the nature of the industry, and the nature of the people in it.  I’ve won awards, written and spoken extensively on these topics which you can read about at www.Pittman.Legal.  My decade of pioneering as a cannabis lawyer, combined with my 2.5 decades of business trials, makes me uniquely qualified to cut through the weeds of your business dispute set in the world of conflicting cannabis laws and contrarian players.  I know what will make it to a jury and what will not.  I know the unusual challenges and burdens cannabis businesses face.  Because I will fundamentally understand your case, I can help you quickly solve your problem before the black hole of attorneys’ fees sets in.   

Alternative Dispute Resolution refers to two avenues of solving disputes: 

  • Mediation: a confidential, non-binding process usually conducted with an independent mediator who evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the dispute, facilitates discussion between parties, and proposes a resolution or a binding settlement of the dispute.  It usually occurs in a single day and the costs are fixed and always less than litigation.  Mediation also allows for more creative resolutions than litigation would.

  • Arbitration: typically a binding, formal process that is similar to but replaces the full trial process, often with a panel of three chosen people to serve as private judges in your case.  This can be less expensive than trial and keeps the dispute out of the public eye. Arbitration is also helpful in cannabis cases where contracts can be voided for being contrary to federal law.  It is quite likely a contract governing your dispute contains an arbitration clause requiring you to arbitrate.

Ms. Pittman also has special experience litigating the following areas:


Breach of contract

Cannabis, marijuana and hemp

Commercial transactions

Construction defect

Consumer disputes

Corporate disputes

Deceptive trade practices



Fiduciary duty


Government regulation/administrative law


Insurance coverage disputes

Intellectual property


Licensing disputes


Personal injury

Premises liability

Product liability

Professional liability

Real estate/property/land use disputes


Workers’ compensation




Arbitration Relies on a Neutral Third Part(ies) to Determine the outcome to a dispute.


 Like mediation, arbitration utilizes a neutral third party, called the Arbitrator, to resolve the conflict between the parties outside of a courtroom. However, unlike mediation, the Arbitrator serves as a private judge to listen to the evidence and make rulings to determine the outcome of the dispute.  


Rules of procedure and evidence may apply to some degree in these proceedings.  In arbitration, the private judge is in control of the process and the outcome, whereas in mediation, the disputing parties maintain control and have a direct role in fashioning the solution to the dispute.  Most Arbitrators will be flexible and work around the schedules and needs of the parties, unlike court proceedings. And although arbitration is usually less formal than a courtroom trial, there will be a set of procedures that will apply to both sides as they prepare for the hearing.


In most cases, the award of the Arbitrator is final and binding on both sides. The opportunity to appeal after a binding arbitration is very limited.



Are you fighting someone seriously enough that you think a lawsuit may result?

Over 95% of lawsuits settle before trial, because juries can be wildly unpredictable, and the cost of pursuit of trial is extremely steep.

As a litigator, my first phone call is to opposing counsel to see if we can settle
the dispute before filing suit, or before getting too far down the road, since you will be required to mediate the case before trial anyway. So why not do it first, saving yourself and your clients’ time, expense, and grief.


It does not have to be binding, and if it is unsuccessful, you will at least have learned a lot about the case’s strengths and weaknesses before taking it before a Judge and Jury.


Pre- Trial

The stakes are high when you are between pre-trial dispositive motions and an imminent trial date. Whether you are mediating a case under court order, voluntarily, or to test the strength of your case versus your opponent’s, your matter will be treated with the gravity and attention of a judicial proceeding. 


I request substantive briefing supported by evidence, and will treat the mediation as if the rules of procedure and evidence apply, unless otherwise requested. 


The ultimate goal will be a complete resolution of the dispute and a binding settlement agreement.  In the rare instances when that is not possible, a mediation can narrow the disputed issues and shed fresh light on old facts.

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Email: Lisa@Pittman.Legal
Phone: 512-900-6310

1803 West Avenue

Austin, TX 78701

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm

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