R.A. “Sonny” Ferguson Jr.

Phone: 205-250-6631
Fax: 205-328-7234


Bill D. Bensinger

Bradley R. Hightower

Greer B. Mallette

Sharon D. Stuart

Richard E. Smith

Daniel D. Sparks

Richard M. Thayer


Parties to a legal dispute may request alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to avoid time-consuming, complicated, and costly court proceedings. ADR is a less formal method for resolving legal disagreements that have become complicated by multiple parties, jurisdictions, or issues. Alternative dispute resolution proceedings may also remain private and confidential, whereas a case filed in a court of law is a matter of public record. 

The Christian & Small Alternative Dispute Resolution group offers mediation and arbitration solutions for a wide range of matters including: 

  • Appeals
  • Bankruptcies and financial restructurings
  • Business conflicts
  • Commercial contracts
  • Constitutional matters
  • Construction industry issues
  • Employment-related matters
  • Family law matters
  • Insurance matters
  • Legal malpractice
  • Medical malpractice
  • Probate and estate controversies
  • Real Property and boundary line disputes
  • Shareholder and partnership issues

The ADR Practice group is led by R.A. “Sonny” Ferguson, Jr., who served 15 years as a judge in the Domestic Relations Division of Alabama’s Tenth Judicial Circuit and is the author of Private Judging in Alabama and sits as a Private Judge in accordance with the Private Judge Act.