Envision a construction project of a commercial building. The owner hires a general contractor, who in turn hires numerous subcontractors. The architect oversees much of the work. The owner becomes dissatisfied with the architect’s work and fires him. The architect sues the owner and names all other businesses who worked on the site as defendants in a mechanics’ lien suit. Subcontractors begin to file counterclaims. Before you know it, service of process alone becomes a daunting task. Cases like these go to mediation and are resolved much more inexpensively and swiftly than they otherwise would be if they proceeded to trial.