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Mediation is an alternative to settling a dispute through the court system, although it can run parallel to it. In the mediation process, two or more parties work with a mediator to resolve a dispute. The mediator, an unbiased third party with professional training, is not concerned with who’s at fault or who’s right or wrong. Rather, a mediator focuses on how a problem can be solved. The goal is to reach the best possible solution for all involved, rather than an “all or nothing” result. Many mediations take less than a day and are less expensive and less complicated than formal litigation.
As a practicing business lawyer in New York for over 35 years and currently acting exclusively as a mediator in New York and California, I’ve seen the negative aspects of formal litigation and the benefits of alternative methods. I’ve seen lawyers and their clients tied up in knots for months or years while costs and bad feelings mount. Unlike a long, drawn-out trial and pretrial process, mediation can even help save friendships, family ties, and business relationships—in addition to resolving a dispute in a unique, agreeable way. Let me help you reach the best solution for you and all concerned.