WHO AM I?
The parties need a mediator they know will be neutral. The mediator will not attempt to decide who is right or wrong. Someone in whom they can have confidence and will reach a fair and equitable outcome through compromise.
WHAT I DO:
As the mediator, it is my job to understand the grievances of each party and moderate discussions to make sure each person, including the clients has an opportunity to speak without interruption. I have an extensive legal background which is essential to inform each party what he or she may face, if an agreement is not reached.
I believe in persuading the parties and empowering people with the necessary information that will lead to healthier solutions.
In order to have a successful mediation, both parties need to be prepared. Each party must be patient, and willing to compromise in order to reach a reasonable outcome. Without some resolution the attorney fees, court costs, time and labor involved could take years to resolve. It was Abraham Lincoln who said that “A good settlement is better than a good lawsuit”
The fact that the vase majority of civil cases are settled proves that his admonition has been taken to heart. The widespread acceptance of mediation shows that it is a superior form of dispute resolution. If you prepare carefully, have patience and are willing to compromise, you will find that mediation works well for you.