Know Your Mediator
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Create a Partnership with your Mediator
- Investigate the mediator’s background, style and reputation for skill in helping parties settle cases. The ideal mediator has the ability to establish a level of trust with the parties, engage them in open discussion, help in analyzing risk and coach them in moving toward resolution. You can obtain valuable information about the mediator from their website and from other attorneys.
- Once the mediator has been selected, work with him or her to understand preferences regarding mediation summaries, copies of pleadings, witnesses, and procedural issues.
- Consider a pre-mediation conference to determine the mediator’s preferences, explain the case, and discuss strategy. Confidential discussions and submittals are welcomed by experienced mediators.
- Determine whether the mediator has a practice of engaging the parties and speaking directly to them, with or without counsel.
- Let the mediator know if you will need him or her to take the lead in making suggestions for movement to your client or the other party.
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