Services

My process promotes meaningful communication and strategic negotiation to settle your case efficiently.

Services

My process promotes meaningful communication and strategic negotiation to settle your case efficiently.

Services

My process promotes meaningful communication and strategic negotiation to settle your case efficiently.

Mediation

I mediate a wide range of state and federal claims, both pre-suit and in all stages of litigation.  My process facilitates conversation to help people communicate in a way they may have had difficulty doing directly, in order to move their dispute to settlement.  It’s more than just acting as the messenger in the middle of a dispute. Critical issues may not be apparent on the surface. Finding­ and addressing these issues is often necessary to break an impasse or improve the quality of an agreement.

Once the parties have agreed to move forward with mediation, my pre-mediation routine includes discussions with all parties as early as possible to ensure the case is postured for productive negotiations. However, you don’t need an agreement to mediate from the other parties before contacting me. I can help bring the parties to the table.

Mediating as early in a dispute as possible is encouraged. The reasons for early mediation are numerous, and the rationale is sound. Quite simply: If you don’t make an attempt to resolve your conflicts at an early stage, you may eliminate the possibility of reaching the optimal solution. However, it is never “too late” to mediate, as many cases are settled “on the courthouse steps”, or when the parties may think attempts to negotiate will be futile.

Online Mediation

Online mediation is safe, convenient and effective. Video technology allows    mediation to unfold via the Internet much the same way as an in-person mediation. In many cases, the benefits of mediating online may even make it preferable. See FAQ’s below for more information.As a Certified Online Mediator, I am dedicated to providing a familiar and dependable experience–on par to mediating in person.

Case Evaluation

I offer private consultation to assist parties and counsel in evaluating their cases. This service provides an objective view of the strengths and weaknesses of a case with the goal of helping them determine how to position the case toward the desired outcome.

Neutral Case Management

To facilitate the mediation process, I offer neutral case management services to minimize the time and expense incurred to exchange information necessary for productive negotiations. I help the parties develop a case management plan with the objective of focusing on the primary barriers to settlement. Once the parties identify information necessary to properly evaluate their case for mediation, I work with them to obtain that information in a cost-effective manner. Neutral case management is most effective in pre-suit matters and matters in the early stages of litigation.

Zoom Coaching

Custom coaching tailored to address your online concerns.

 

 

Fees

Mediation fees include scheduling and administering of the mediation session, pre-mediation meetings and phone calls, review of materials, the mediation session itself, and routine post-mediation communication to facilitate closure. (I typically spend at least as much time preparing as in the mediation session itself.)

 

Half-Day Mediation

$2,000 for 2 parties.
Includes all the necessary preparation, four hours of meeting time, and up to one hour of post-meeting time. For mediations involving more than two parties, add $400 per additional party.

 

Full-Day Mediation

$4,000 for 2 parties.
Includes all the necessary preparation, eight hours of meeting time, and up to one hour of post-meeting time. For mediations involving more than two parties, add $800 per additional party.

 

  • Additional time will be billed at $400 per hour (apportioned per the parties’ agreement).
  • As an alternative to the above packages, mediation can be scheduled on an hourly basis, at $400 per hour.
  • Case evaluations are billed at $300 per hour.
  • Zoom coaching is billed at $100 per hour.
  • I will travel as necessary (and advisable, under COVID guidelines) to the mediation session, as well as mediate on weekends and/or evenings when requested. Additional fees may be proposed based on the circumstances of each matter.
  • In an effort to provide ADR services to all who may benefit from them, I offer sliding scale fees and pro bono services on qualifying cases.
  • I reserve time each week to respond to parties emerging needs and/or for conducting mediations on short notice.
  • Payments can conveniently be made by check, credit card or bank transfer.

Online Mediation FAQ

Does online mediation work?

In short, yes! Mediators and parties who have participated in online mediations have attested for years that it is just as effective as in-person mediation.

How does online mediation work?

After the parties have agreed on a date and time, a link to participate in a video mediation is provided. Most of my mediations are conducted on Zoom. (But there are other platforms available.) Zoom–with its ‘Breakout Rooms’–is very effective for online mediation, allowing for private conference rooms. The mediator can move people in and out of these rooms as desired, just like an in-person mediation. Before any mediation session, you will need the software and/or apps from Zoom necessary for your participation in the online mediation sessions. Because I have a Pro Plan, with unlimited meeting time, you only need the free Personal Use Plan software and/or app and a free personal account. Once you have downloaded Zoom, you should familiarize yourself with the operation of the platform. Zoom has tutorials available at https://support.zoom.us, and I am happy to have a “practice” meeting before any mediation session.

Who can participate in an online mediation?

Anyone who would participate in a face-to-face mediation can participate online (including expert witnesses, structured settlement consultants, translators, etc.)

How much does online mediation cost?

My fees for an online mediation are typically the same as in-person because the parties are getting the same level of service. However, there are cost savings to mediating online. Travel costs, facility fees, mediator travel time, etc. are all out the window. (Rates and more information about my mediation philosophy can be found here.)

What equipment do I need?

A computer/laptop with video camera and a microphone are ideal for online mediation. Telephones and tablets with video screens can be used, but are less effective and may have limited capabilities.

Do I need an internet connection?

You will need a secure WiFi or Ethernet (hard-wired) connection for your computer. Test the speed and dependability of your connection BEFORE your mediation by hosting a meeting by yourself or with others. DO NOT use a public access WiFi connection, such as those available in public spaces and businesses as they are not secure and your information may be at risk in that situation.

Is online mediation safe and private?

You will need a secure WiFi or Ethernet (hard-wired) connection for your computer. Test the speed and dependability of your connection BEFORE your mediation by hosting a meeting by yourself or with others. DO NOT use a public access WiFi connection, such as those available in public spaces and businesses as they are not secure and your information may be at risk in that situation.

What if I want to show documents or other materials?

Participants can easily share electronic files with others in their meeting. This includes Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, photographs, videos, etc. Participants can also edit and/or mark-up documents. Files can be shared directly from a participant’s computer, or provided to the mediator to share.

How is a settlement agreement signed at the end of an online mediation if everyone is in a different location? rials?

I use Docusign.com as a secure platform for the execution of documents required during the mediation process (more information can be found at www.docusign.com).

Does everyone have to be on video and in a separate location?

Not necessarily. If there is a reason for the mediator to engage with one or more of the parties face-to-face, that can be arranged (subject to proper social-distancing protocols.) Likewise, if a party and their attorney want to participate from the same location and/or on the same device, that can be accommodated. (Although, that has some drawbacks I would be happy to discuss.) In addition, participation by telephone, email and/or chat may be effective in some cases.

Where can I do an online mediation?

Any private, comfortable location with good lighting and a good internet connection.