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...

Knock, Knock. Who's There (at Mediation)?

The most common two problems I've seen lawyers experience at mediation, both of which are avoidable, are not having the right people...

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...

Why a Judge Can Be a Good Mediator

Going from the Bench to the Bar is an adjustment. Becoming a mediator is a transition as well. Like transitioning back to practice,...

Tips for a Successful Mediation

Prepare yourself and your client for mediation. There are things that attorneys should do to prepare for mediation, but you should also...

Frequently Asked Questions on Mediation

How should I select a mediator? Look for someone whose experience and expertise will give you the best chance of resolving your dispute. ...

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