Mediating Early? Do These Three Things
More parties are mediating earlier than ever before – often before or right after the lawsuit is filed. Early mediation can be very effective, especially when you consider the following three strategies.
#1: Consider Whether You Should...
Mediating Environmental and Toxic Tort Disputes: The Art and the Science
Environmental and toxic tort litigation matters are often complex and usually involve many parties; this is why mediating them requires a unique combination of approaches – far beyond the classic caucus-only mediations that are standard today. While some toxic tort and environmental cases can...
Experienced Mediators Never Say Never
I recently heard a mediator say that he never conducts a joint session when mediating litigated cases. He didn’t say he rarely conducts joint sessions – he said never....
Neuroscience and Negotiation
Negotiating from Within
Have you ever had a recurring impasse in your professional or personal relationships? Take, for example, the opposing counsel who screams at you in the middle of a settlement conference. Or how about the colleague who gets under your skin until you just can’t take it anymore and snap at him? At times like these, we often lack the ability to move the conversation -- and therefore the negotiation -- in a more productive direction.
Our initial impulse is to dwell on how difficult the...
Five New Year’s (Dispute) Resolutions!
Many of us will be making resolutions in the New Year. Here are five New Year’s (Dispute) Resolutions to assist you in resolving your disputes.
1. Engage your client during the mediation process.
We lawyers have a tendency to want to control the mediation, but this often prevents meaningful participation of clients...
Managing Your Constituents in Mediation
Nearly a decade ago, I heard Dennis Ross, the senior mediator appointed by President Clinton, speak at an Association of Business Trial Lawyers program where he reflected on his role as lead mediator of the Israeli and Palestinian dispute. Ambassador Ross shared his most significant learning opportunity from the process: He failed to ensure that the representatives from each side - especially Yasser Arafat - had, in fact, been communicating with and obtaining buy-in from his respective constituents. Ambassador Ross believed that this failure to communicate with constituents was the primary reason why the negotiations failed.
Negotiation Strategy in Mediation: Mix It Up
As seasoned negotiators, most of us know how to do the classic distributive bargaining to settle a lawsuit. We understand opening offers, brackets and midpoints. When our matters settle, we don’t think twice about the process because it worked. But what about when there is an impasse? That’s when things get interesting, and we need to dig a little deeper to solve the puzzle.
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Helping Clients Evaluate Litigation Risks
In litigated cases, clients deal with myriad uncertainties. How can we help them make informed decisions about whether to litigate or whether to settle?
We first need to understand our clients’ approach to decision-making. Are they methodical, such as an insurance adjuster who has evaluated a case according to a specific risk analysis protocol? Are they driven by emotions, such as a husband who sues for defamation solely to prove to his wife that he didn’t do the derogatory things the newspaper published? As a litigator and a mediator for the past 25 years, I’ve observed that clients often cling to a single way of thinking about their case. When their thinking gets stuck, it becomes difficult for them to evaluate their case from different perspectives.