"According to a study by the National  Center for State Courts, the average civil trial costs $45,000 to $180,000. It takes anywhere from 2 to over 5 years from beginning to end.

 

"The average Mediation resolves within a few weeks and costs a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. AND the parties get to control the outcome 100%."

 

"There really is no comparison -- that's why I do what I do."

 

                                 -- Tom Ford, Certified Mediator

November 19, 2014

Mediation can work at any stage of a dispute -- even after trial.  But so very often the best time to mediate a conflict is before litigation is commenced.  Before, I would argue, a complaint is even filed

 

Psychology students will tell you of the well-kn...

November 8, 2014

Lawyers don't like mediators, and visa versa . . . . at least that's what you would gather listening in on conversations among many mediators -- even attorney-mediators!

 

The reason some lawyers don't like mediators is that so much of the marketing for mediation service...

October 21, 2014

I recently finished the mediation of a complex federal court action where the parties started off over 20 times apart -- the plaintiff's demand was more than 20 times the defendant's offer.  

 

The case settled in part because the directed conversation during the me...

October 16, 2014

A Hawaii mediator tells lawyers why they can still be the hero, even if (or especially because) they go to Mediation instead of trial.  

 

 

Abe Lincoln said: “As a peacemaker a lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good person.”  As lawyers, when mediation’s done...

October 15, 2014

Mediation works wonderfully when the parties are reasonable, unemotional, and trustworthy.

 

But how often have you been in conflict with someone who was reasonable, unemotional, and trustworthy?  And, when you were – you probably didn’t need a third party to help y...

October 14, 2014

 

Mediation might not be the answer to every dispute. 

 

Here's a little checklist we adapted from the talented folks at BMC Associates to test if resolution of your conflict might be suitable for mediation.

 

If you can answer "Yes" to at least one of these, mediation migh...

October 8, 2014

A significant part of my litigation practice over the last 30 years involved disputes among shareholders of closely-held businesses.  These disputes are emotional, expensive, and time-consuming.  There is a good reason they are referred to as “Business Divorces”.

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October 6, 2014

Each case is different -- some events will not occur in every case, some cases will have many other events occurring, but in general, this is a pretty good comparison of what a party can look forward to, in terms of time to resolution and cost, of the typical average l...

October 2, 2014

Mediation isn't just for families!  

 

Most of us are familiar with divorce mediation, but small businesses should take their cue from international Fortune-100 corporations, which long ago realized the tangible benefits of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution...

September 30, 2014

 

Mediation can be very cost-effective even for small claims matters.  In Pennsylvania, claims for damages up to $12,000 can be heard in District Justice Court, also known as Magistrate's Court.  Parties -- even corporations -- can represent themselves and retaining cou...

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