At mediation, no one gets their best possible result – but they also avoid their worst case scenario. The advantage is they can control their outcome.
With the help of a mediator, most civil lawsuits, employment cases, workers’ compensation claims, and other disputes are able to be settled at mediation.
It has been my experience, over a number of years handling these types of cases, that most parties achieve an outcome through mediation that is better than the time, stress, uncertainty, and costs that going through court entails.
At mediation, the parties control their outcome. With good advice from their attorneys, with a skilled mediator, and a willingness to take a second look at their case, mediation often allows the parties to take back control over a dispute that can take on a life of its own.
Can every case be settled? No. Sometimes the parties have such different views of the merits of their cases that they can’t find a point of compromise. There may be significant uncertainty on some key point of law on which the case turns. In some cases, litigants may harbor unrealistic views of what the case is worth. Strong emotions often play a role when a matter does not resolve.
The list of reasons is long but the value of mediation remains high.
Over the years, I have handled workers’ compensation claims, civil law suits, and commercial contract disputes. I was also involved in cases of alleged violations of employment laws and disputes among business owners.
This experience taught me many things – but among the lessons that sunk in over the years, none rang truer to me than the conviction that all parties were often best served by settlement.
I admire the skillful mediators who I’ve worked with and learned from over the years. That’s why I have joined their ranks. I am certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and look forward to mediating workers’ compensation claims, civil lawsuits, commercial contract matters, employment law cases, and business disputes.
I look forward to working with the attorneys I’ve worked with and against over the years to help their clients find out if a mediated settlement will work for them.