DLA Counsel - Land and Maritime

 

The DLA Counsel - Land and Maritime provides advice, representation and program management for all DLA activities in the Columbus and Central Ohio area, primarily DLA Land and Maritime. Other serviced organizations include the DLA Human Resources Services, DLA Training, DLA Information Operations at Columbus, and the DLA Human Resources Services at Columbus. In addition, special requirements for the electronics portion of DoD's Standardization Program, including the preparation/enforcement of applicable military specifications, and DLA test facilities are supported in areas of electronics and intellectual property.

Specific program areas and services offered by this office are shown below. Primary point of contact number is 614-692-3284, DSN 850-3284, fax 614-693-1570.

Additional Information:

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR):

It is the goal of this Center for all parties to be satisfied at contract completion. Consequently, this Center is encouraging the use of all forms of ADR to resolve differences of view that may occur under the contract, whether the differences involve disputes of contract terms, issues of administration, or merely points of inquiry. The use of any form of ADR is voluntary for all parties. Typically, no additional costs are involved; however, any costs associated with the use of ADR will be by mutual agreement.

More information about ADR can be obtained by contacting Matthew Geary, at 614-692-3284.

In order to most effectively accomplish this contract, the government is encouraging the formation of a cohesive partnership with the contractor and any of its subcontractors. This partnership would strive to draw on the strengths of each organization in an effort to achieve a quality product, provided on a timely basis, within contract price. This partnership would be bilateral in makeup, and participation will be totally voluntary. Any costs associated with this partnership will be borne as agreed to by the parties and with no change in contract price.

ADR refers to a wide array of dispute resolution techniques, often involving a neutral third party, that can assist disputing parties resolve disagreements. ADR provides the opportunity to settle disputes in a quick and inexpensive fashion while also maintaining or even building positive working relationships. ADR may be used to resolve the entire controversy or to resolve a portion of the controversy. Some of the ADR techniques in use today include:

  • Interest Based Negotiation or Interest Based Bargaining
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Conciliation
  • Facilitation
  • Peer Review Panels or Dispute Resolution Panel 
  • Mediation
  • Ombudsman  
  • Fact-finding
  • Minitrial
  • Mediation-Arbitration
  • Summary Trial
  • Dispute Resolution Teams
  • Partnering
  • Settlement Conference
  • Convening 
  • litigation (with ADR)

Some of the more common ADR techniques used with contract disputes are:

  • Mediation: Mediation is a process which allows disputing parties to resolve the conflict themselves with the assistance of a neutral third party. The neutral, called a mediator, has no decision-making authority. Instead, the mediator structures negotiations between the disputants in order to create the opportunity for solutions.
    The mediator acts as a catalyst, focuses discussions, facilitates exchanges, and serves as an assessor of positions taken by the parties. Mediation formats vary, but they typically involve the use of joint meetings and private sessions, called caucuses, to gain information and to develop and explore resolution options.
  • Fact-finding: Fact-finding is the investigation of "facts" in dispute by an impartial expert. This fact-finder independently investigates specified matters, and provides a written report of the findings to the parties and/or the forum of the dispute. Findings can be advisory or binding. Negotiations or litigation can be totally or partially suspended during the fact-finding process.
  • Minitrial: A minitrial is a structured settlement process in which disputing parties present a summary of its case before high level representatives who have settlement authority for the parties. Typically, a third party neutral oversees the presentations to maintain an orderly process. The third party neutral may provide advisory opinions to assist negotiations.
  • Summary trial with binding decision: A summary trial with binding decision is an abbreviated trial presided over by a judge or magistrate. Pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures are generally modified to expedite resolution. Decisions are quick and final, but have no precedential value.