About Us

APAM was founded in 2004 by business and industry professionals to serve national Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) needs. From the beginning, we believed the best organization starts with the best people, which is why we have selectively recruited the most respected arbitrators and mediators to provide us a collective body of experience and wisdom that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Combining the best neutrals with a highly responsive and efficient administrative system, APAM is able to offer the most professional ADR services for the best price. Our two-step mediation and arbitration procedure guarantees expeditious, cost-effective resolutions to all disputes no matter the complexity. In addition, APAM Rules are simplified to provide a comprehensive, but comprehendible framework for ADR and, particularly, to eliminate arbitration “by ambush.”

APAM is extremely proactive and our attorneys work to customize your contract language to promote the most efficient resolution of inevitable disputes and to ensure a reliable outcome. APAM will even customize arbitration rules and procedures to meet your unique needs or specific situations.

We know that we will continue to be successful only if we are able to resolve commercial disputes—particularly high-stakes disagreements that appear irresolvable—and do it faster, more economically, and less disruptively than both the antiquated court system and other ADR administrators.

Our commitment to you is that APAM will continue to use the best arbitrators and mediators in the industry to provide to you the best ADR services possible, resulting in unparallel service and your satisfaction.


Executive Director

Lawrence L. Watts

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Brad M. Watts

Advisory Board

Michael H. Rubin
Partner, McGlinchey Stafford

Rick J. Norman
Managing Partner, Norman Business Law Center

Larry Watts

Jim Lewis
Partner, Crawford and Lewis

Rick Richard
Consultant and Arbitrator

Louis Selig
Owner Selig ADR