'23 goal is to settle 300! 2022 settled 259 of 271 1/27/23 settled 12 of 16 in '23
Mediation is around in our day-to-day lives and within all of our relationships. I believe mediation is an intentional way to live life and not just a particular case settlement. We may choose to avoid a conflict or to "pick our battles." Some companies call it alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or conflict resolution but at the end of the day, it is a timely resolution between the parties.
My mediation theory is to provide a comfortable setting and conversation where both parties have the opportunity to be heard and assisted in opening up lines of communication to make a good faith attempt at settlement. It is also called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Mediations are usually conducted via telephone instead of Zoom. I can conference in parties as needed. I have found the settlement % to be much higher without Zoom. In keeping with my simplicity goal, telephone has also proven to be much easier for all parties. There are fewer distractions and potential technology issues. If parties would like an in-person mediation, I am more than willing.
I always maintain a neutral position helping both sides understand party positions, potential misunderstandings, and possible agreements. My goal is to always steer discussions forward creatively - not in a manner unbecoming, personal, or vindictive against the other party or myself. I strive to hear what each party’s contention is, so I can get to the root of the matter from each side.
I ask each side for what they really want out of the mediation – i.e., what is their ideal desired outcome -- which many times, surprisingly has not been requested or thought of yet. I have found that my personality, expertise, professionalism, and honesty provide an environment of understanding, which most often had previously not been entertained. Through experience and mediation passion I have achieved a 95% settlement success rate. In addition, I enjoy meeting new people even in a stressful environment and get great personal satisfaction in assisting each side achieve the power of closure opening a new chapter.