David Titman
8335 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Phone:  (410) 465-2656 Fax:        (410) 418-8732
























As my background indicates, I have lots of courtroom experience.   If you must go to "Court," an experienced litigator can be of great benefit in the handling of the variety of motion hearings and management of your case at trial.  Remember that  litigation is expensive, time intensive, stressful and involves congested court dockets.   Therefore taking a case to trial should be the last resort to resolving a contested matter.   Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as saying "It is a lawyer's job to do the best he can to keep his client out of court."

Alternatives to litigation include mediation and arbitration.


"Discourage litigation.  Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever  you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time."
            Abraham Lincoln, 1850

"I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find the better side of human nature and to enter men's hearts. I realized the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me, that a large part of my time during  the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby -- not even money, certainly not my soul."
        Mahatma Gandhi, 1927


--- What is Mediation
--- How Mediation Works
--- What Type of Disputes Can be Mediated
--- Advantages of Mediation
--- Is Mediation Right For Me
--- How Do I Get Started


Arbitration or Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR is similar to litigation except less formal, speedier, and less costly. In ADR a disputed claim is presented to a retired judge or experienced attorney who considers the documentation and explanations of each party. The process is informal and usually occurs in a conference room. The parties are usually represented by an attorney.

In Howard County  the Resolution Center employs several retired judges from Howard County on their staff.  All of these judges are known for their fairness and are used  by both claimants and insurance companies.  In all ADR cases in which I have been involved for the last couple of years, I have represented the claimant or plaintiff.   I have also worked as a co-mediator to resolve disputes which were referred to me by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at the Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland.

All parties benefit from ADR because the process can be fully concluded in as short a time as the parties can schedule the meeting.  Litigated suits can take several months or worse to be concluded.  The costs of ADR are significantly less than litigation because cases in arbitration usually do not involve the high costs of depositions or expert witness appearance fees. M


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