Mediation is an informal and confidential way for people to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral mediator who is trained to help people with differences. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong or issue a decision, he helps the parties to work out their own solutions.

The principals are intimately involved in the process of mediation. The mediator is skilled in the area of practice involved.

When mediations are successful, filed and proposed lawsuits go away with their large costs in depositions, motions, research and time involved of the parties and their lawyers.

The mediator will understand the legal issues involved and prior to the mediation will request a confidential statement from each party outlining the dispute, the facts, the legal issues involved and what they recommend as a possible settlement.

The mediator being so advised, sets an agreeable date for the mediation at which time the disputing parties meet with the mediator giving an opening statement as to their side of the dispute. The mediator then asks certain questions and divides the parties to be placed in separate rooms where the mediator travels back and forth between the parties in an effort to come to a reasonable solution to the problems. The mediator will make suggestions as to how the matter might be resolved by a jury. He will instruct the parties that a jury will come to its own conclusion which either party may not like and such a solution is uncertain and a risk.

The mediator normally will have long-term experience in trying cases to juries so that he will be able to give his opinion as to the outcome of the dispute.

The parties pay the mediator the going rate charged for mediations.

The negotiation in the mediation should it fail by agreement of the parties, is not admissible in a trial.