Neutral Evaluation is a process by which parties can obtain a non-binding decision about their dispute in an abbreviated procedure before proceeding to a more formal binding arbitration or trial. This can been done by exchange of briefs, argument of counsel and/or a mini trial with a limited number of key witnesses. Often it may focus on liability issues but not determination of damages.
I have participated in mock arbitration panels to assist counsel in evaluating proposed evidence, witness credibility and legal theories before the scheduled arbitration hearings.
I have also advised litigants, who have never experienced an arbitration, on the process, likely rulings by the arbitration panel on various motions and on arbitrator fee issues.
References and rates are available upon request.