Protracted litigation can be exhausting—to the litigants and their attorneys—as it taxes their time as well as their financial, attention and emotional reserves. Litigation is also risky; no party or attorney can ever foretell precisely how a judge, arbitrator or jury will treat a particular fact pattern or decide a particular legal issue. As a result, parties who acknowledge these realities will often choose mediation as a means to resolve their disputes since settlement avoids the uncertainties of trial or arbitration, and since it allows the parties to maintain control of the process.

How Mediation Works

Mediation is one of the more widely-known forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. It is a process wherein the parties employ a jointly-selected and impartial professional who helps facilitate an open and frank discussion of disputed issues and the negotiation of seemingly-opposing positions. In most situations, the parties elect mediation with the goal of settling their dispute.

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Role of the Mediator

The mediator is an invaluable neutral resource to the mediation participants and, as such, has no bias toward any of the parties or their positions. The mediator serves merely as a skilled facilitator who helps identify issues, engages the parties in creative problem solving and, ultimately, assists them in reaching an acceptable compromise.

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  • What we promise:

    All parties understand the particular procedures the mediator intends to employ. All parties will be in control of and will fully understand the terms of any settlement that may be achieved.
  • What we promise:

    All parties are participating voluntarily in the process, and confidential information is not revealed without the permission of all parties, unless required by law.
  • What we promise:

    The parties are informed, understand and agree to mediation as a process, the mediator's role in that process and their relationship to the mediator. The parties have a clear understanding as to the level of confidentiality before the mediation begins.