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Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

The KAC Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (4.29 Center) was founded in 1997 in response to the ethnic upheaval that devastated parts of Los Angeles during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Special focus is placed on working with the diverse ethnic populations of Los Angeles County, which keeps cases out of California’s overloaded court system. The ADR Center strives to provide efficient and culturally appropriate means of resolving disputes. Our mediators have successfully closed over a thousand cases in the past decade.

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Mediation is an effective, nonbinding, out-of-court method by which disputing parties can communicate, negotiate, and settle disputes privately, without the burden of time-consuming and costly legal action. 

Mediators assist disputing parties in arriving at a mutually acceptable agreement. Each party has a chance to express his or her side of the story to the other person. If the dispute is not settled during the sessions, the parties can still proceed with the matter in court. 

Our Mediators are neutral, trained and certified staff and volunteers. Mediators do not judge or decide the case, or give legal advice. 

Mediation is a confidential process that can help salvage an on-going relationship. Parties are given the opportunity to be heard and communicate directly with the opposing party under the supervision of a mediator. 

There are financial benefits as well. The mediation process is far more economical than litigation. Parties are more likely to collect any money due when the other party voluntarily agrees to pay. Moreover, mediation is a way to resolve a problem without having one’s credit rating threatened. 

Lastly, the mediation session belongs to the parties; either party can choose to leave the mediation process at any time. 

Mediation is free of charge to LA County residents that demonstrate economic need. Since 1998, the 4.29 Center has been funded in part by Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS). Funding is also provided by the Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF).

The ADR Center has expertise in:

  • Consumer-Merchant
  • Business-to-Business
  • Citizen-Government
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant
  • PI-Property Damage
  • Family Domestic
CRA Merit Claim: Over 83% of clients calling for assistance were low-income clients earning less than $20,000 annually.

Mediation Interest Intake Form