Mediation Services

27 Years of Mediation Experience

For 27 years, I helped attorneys, businesses and individuals negotiate and settle lawsuits as a Court Attorney to judges in Civil and Supreme Court.  I did this by conferencing and actively negotiating thousands of cases over my long career within the court system, in many different areas of the law, including consumer,  personal injury, business,  contract, real estate, foreclosure, wages and employment. 

Arbitration Services

I handle attorney and client fee dispute arbitrations, commercial and business arbitrations, tort and personal injury, private trials, and many other types of arbitration proceedings. I also am on the AAA’s Panel of Consumer Arbitrators. 

Mediation Services

I handle mediations in many different areas of the law, from commercial, business, torts and personal injury, real estate, wage and employment, community issues, debt collection, foreclosure, and other substantive areas.

Corporate Dispute Resolution

I mediate and arbitrate corporate freezeouts, business divorces, breach of duty, accountings, and other corporate disputes and business divorce cases.

Marital Problem Solving

Divorce, child support, custody and visitation save you money over going to court. 

Wage and employment Mediation

I handle workplace cases inclusing wage and hour disputes (FLSA), discrimination, and hostile work environment mediations and arbitrations.

The Mediation Process

The mediation process is entirely voluntary and non-binding. The mediator has no power to render a decision or to force the parties to accept a settlement. Rather, the mediator’s role is to assist the parties in their negotiations by identifying obstacles to settlement and developing strategies for overcoming them.

A mediation session is private and confidential. It is normally held in a private office or meeting room and no public record is made of the proceedings. If no settlement is reached any statements during the proceedings are inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent litigation.

A mediation session typically begins with a joint meeting of the parties, their attorneys and in some cases, insurance company representatives. The mediator first explains the format and discusses Connecting is easy! non-binding nature of the proceedings. The mediator will then ask the attorneys for each of the parties to make a presentation of their case, identifying the issues in dispute.

Following the joint meeting, the mediator will usually separate the parties and begin meeting with them in a series of private, confidential meetings called “caucuses”. In these caucuses, the mediator works with each of the parties to analyze their case and develop options for settlement. Normally, the mediator will caucus numerous times with both sides until the case either settles or it becomes apparent that settlement will not be reached.

Mediation is different from an arbitration in that the mediator does not render a decision. Instead, mediation allows the parties to make their own decisions and fashion their own settlement. The mediator generally doesn’t make recommendations but rather, allows the parties to make their own decisions based on a realistic analysis of their case.

Litigation Vs. Mediation

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes by which an independent mediator assists the parties in reaching a mutually satisfactory settlement. It is an extension of the parties own negotiations and is sometimes referred to as a “supercharged negotiation.”

A mediation session involves a discussion of the dispute by the parties, as opposed to the formal presentation of witnesses and evidence such as takes place in a trial or arbitration. The session will normally be attended only by the mediator, the parties and their attorneys. Because of the informality of the process, a mediation can usually be completed in a day or less.

“Traditional litigation is a mistake that must be corrected… For some disputes trials will be the only means, but for many claims trials by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood. Our system is too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for really civilized people.”
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, (Ret.) U.S. Supreme Court.

I've Mediated Civil to Supreme Court Cases

I have 27 Years of Experience

I've Negotiated Thousands of Cases

Masters Degree with Extensive Training

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