MEDIATION SERVICES & PROCEDURES

OVERVIEW

My goal is to help parties find a way to solve problems and resolve conflict. My job starts the minute I accept a case. I work until it's settled. 

My style may change over the life of a case, adapting to the needs and requests of the parties.  Expect me to listen, ask questions, negotiate, problem-solve, evaluate, propose, and at times direct.  We will have frank discussions about the risks and potential benefits of resolving the dispute through negotiation instead of litigation.

I am comfortable using technologies such as audio/video conferencing, texting, and other tools that increase efficiency and reduce costs.

PRE-MEDIATION WORK

This is a important step that many mediators do not take. I begin working on the case before I receive confidential statements. I will call or meet with counsel or party representatives to talk about relevant history, important facts, and your positions on key issues before we meet. We will also discuss the following:

  • What, if anything, needs to occur for the parties to be fully prepared to resolve the case.

  • The participation of all necessary parties, representatives, and decision-makers.

  • The status of insurance coverage and participation of the carrier.

  • The time, location, and other logistics of the mediation.

  • Your suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the mediation process.

ATTENDANCE

In my experience, successful mediation requires participation of persons who have full settlement authority. I will be prepared to stay as long as it takes to resolve the dispute but please let me know if anyone needs to leave before 5 p.m. on the day(s) we meet.

CONFIDENTIAL STATEMENTS

Please send confidential statements and supporting materials to me as soon as possible. In addition to your perspectives about the dispute, please share what you believe to be the views of others along with anything else that might help me understand the full picture of the situation. Let me know whether all or some of it shall be kept confidential. I encourage the parties to share as much information as possible with each other, including but not limited to, latest demands and offers.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All participants will sign a confidentiality agreement before we begin the session.

SETTLEMENT TERMS

Please consider how the settlement will be documented in the event that we are able to come to terms that will resolve the dispute. Special terms may be important to one or both parties. Thus, counsel may wish to share proposed settlement language in advance or bring your drafts to the mediation.

SCHEDULING

You may schedule a case on the Calendar & Contact page. You may also call or e-mail me with proposed dates or time frames and preferred locations. I will respond right away.