Preparing Your Client for Mediation

As young lawyers, we quickly learned the importance of preparation. I remember an old lawyer telling me that preparation can go a long...

Dealing with the Mediation Jerk

Fortunately, our honorable and esteemed profession does not contain arrogant, loud-mouthed, condescending, bullying, ill-tempered, or...

Pulling the Plug on Negotiations

I recently wrote about parties being too quick to abandon mediation and settlement discussions, and the need for patience and...

Patience & Persistence Pay Off in Mediation

A frequent hurdle that I often see in mediations is the parties' willingness to give up too soon. Perhaps it is our society today, but we...

The Roles of a Mediator

I often hear lawyers talking about mediators and their different styles. These discussions are puzzling to me. While everyone’s...

Video Mediation Challenges

Regardless of what restrictions may be applicable, more parties are and will be attempting mediation by video conference. The same is...

Frequently Asked Questions on Arbitration

How should I prepare my client for arbitration?  Preparing a client for an arbitration is virtually the same as preparing them for trial....

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