To resolve disputes by mediation for contending parties, their counsel, the courts, and ultimately for the public good.
Mediation services in civil matters pending in federal courts, state courts and arbitral fora such as FINRA and AAA, as well as presuit matters. Since December 1, 1993, an average of 220 cases per year (now over 6000 cases) have been mediated, the vast majority of which settled.
The practice devotes significant thought and resources to case preparation, facilities, services, teaching, and taking continuing education programs such as those of the local bar associations as well as the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (www.nadn.org), the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (www.acctm.org) and Harvard Negotiation Project. Physical resources include a purpose-built mediation facility with three conference rooms, all equipped with high-speed data connections and Wi-Fi.
When circumstances arise restricting travel, as during the recent coronavirus epidemic, video conferencing may be required for mediations to proceed. We offer video conferencing capability through the Zoom platform: www.zoom.us. Zoom allows the mediator to keep mediation communications just as confidential as they are in any office. Each participant just needs to download the Zoom application, available from Zoom www.zoom.us at no cost. The app is compatible with iOS and Windows. Some courts reserve the right to approve attendance by phone and/or video.
If for some reason video cannot be used, Zoom can be utilized for conference calling which likewise is available to you at no cost.
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