Introduction to Mediation

While the United States is known as a litigious society, litigation is often very time consuming, expensive and emotionally draining. Lawsuits are adversarial in nature and can leave the relationship between the parties irreparably damaged.

Mediation is an alternative means to settling disputes. Its purpose is to reach a compromise that is acceptable to the parties involved through meaningful discussion. A Mediator does not serve as a judge or jury but works to facilitate dialogue when the parties cannot resolve their dispute. If a compromise can be reached after these discussions, the mediator then drafts a “Memorandum of Understanding” to be signed by the parties.

Mediations are strictly confidential, and if a mutual agreement cannot be reached, or the settled matter is not later honored, its content cannot be used as evidence by either party in a future lawsuit. Mediations are non-binding which means that a decision cannot be imposed on the parties. In order for any settlement to be concluded, the parties must voluntarily agree to accept it. Unlike a judge or an arbitrator, therefore, the mediator is not a decision-maker. This accords the parties a degree of flexibility that is not permitted in traditional methods of dispute resolution.

We specialize in mediation.