Mediation for Attorneys
I call it “Mediation Advocacy”. Lawyers are invited to make their client’s case in a neutral setting geared to settlement. I speak your language. I am sensitive to your sets of concerns – confidences, client relationships and professionalism. Every mediation is unique and often requires its particular set of ground rules. Together we become a problem solving alliance working together for the parties to create a resolution.
Whether the matter is in litigation or not yet filed, the intervention of a neutral can be a very effective tool for counsel to diffuse and settle conflicts. Sometimes issues of liability, proper parties, coverage and its limits can be whittled to make a claim ripe for settlement. Confidences, financial documents and theories of recovery or defense can be preserved and protected. I, however, do strictly adhere to one rule, that is: If one side is represented, the other side must be represented. Counsel often do send clients to mediation under an agreement that neither lawyer will attend. The “Memorandum of Settlement” is always subject to review and approval by both counsel in that case. On the other hand, there are times when the contribution of counsel to the process is invaluable. My experience is that lawyers truly value a solid and reasonable settlement.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about how I can help resolve a matter for one of your clients.