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Mediation

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For over 40 years, David Bricklin has successfully litigated positive outcomes for his clients at the local, state and federal level. Most lawsuits settle before trial. Dave’s goal as a mediator is to assist the parties in crafting mutually agreed upon solutions, thereby avoiding the expense, stress and delay of a courtroom trial.

Mediation offers many positive benefits:

  • It is less expensive, less stressful, and less time-consuming than preparing for a trial.
  • It is private. Records of a trial are public and court transcripts may be requested by nearly anyone.
  • It produces results sooner and eliminates delays and uncertainty.
  • It provides opportunities to resolve disputes in ways that are not available through traditional litigation.
  • It affords parties the opportunity to resolve disputes on mutually agreeable terms.

How Does Mediation Work?

The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that all parties approve. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps the parties have productive discussions and engage in negotiation. The mediator guides the process and ensures that each side follows the rules of mediation. Each party typically has a lawyer represent them and counsel them during the sessions. Mediation can be done in person in the same room, in person with each party in a separate room, or by video conference. It may last only a few hours, or it can take several sessions, depending on how complex (and/or contentious) the dispute is and how well the parties can communicate and compromise.