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What to Look for in a Mediator

If you are bringing a client’s case to mediation, you need to know what to look for in a mediator. Each mediator has his or her own style of dispute resolution, and what works in one case may not work in another.


Define Why You Are Bringing Your Client to Mediation

about_us2There are many reasons an attorney may choose to bring his or her clients to mediation; sometimes it’s the lawyer’s idea, and other times, it’s the client’s idea. In many cases, we work with attorneys and clients who have been ordered to participate in mediation. However, they all have one thing in common: each attorney has his or her clients’ best interests at heart.


Voluntary Mediation

Sometimes attorneys understand that mediation is the fastest, most effective way for their clients to settle disputes. Because between 85 and 90 percent of cases that go to mediation end with a successful resolution, and because mediation is likely your client’s last chance to have a say in the dispute’s outcome, it will more than likely save your client time and money while facilitating the continuation of business relationships.


Court-Ordered Mediation

Many people who are ordered to participate in mediation are unaware of the benefits that it can provide. However, as an attorney who is interested in providing the highest level of service to your clients, you need to know that every mediator has his or her own methods for reaching a resolution.


Choosing the Right Mediator

In order to choose the right mediator for your client’s case, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different mediation styles. You should also be confident in your mediator’s ability to reach a solution that your client can live with.


Which Mediation Style is Right for Your Client’s Dispute?

Many lawyers find that an interventionist – a mediator whose approach is results-driven and who can adapt to unique situations – is most qualified to handle their clients’ disputes.

However, there are other notable mediation styles, including:
• Evaluators
Transformative mediators
• Narrative mediators

Perhaps the most important characteristic you should look for in a mediator is flexibility. Experience as an attorney and as a mediator is also extremely important in dispute resolution.

Finally, it’s important that you work with a mediator who understands the nature of your client’s dispute and who can dissect the facts in order to find a resolution that works for everyone involved.

The most talented mediators are able to transition between styles as disputes evolve during the course of the mediation.


Do You Need Mediation?

Whether a judge has ordered your case to mediation or your client wishes to try alternative dispute resolution, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 925-407-2080 or contact us online. We will be happy to answer your questions about mediation, evaluate your case and schedule a mediation appointment that works for you.