ADR Center

Mediation Minute

The Mediation Minute is published periodically by ADR CENTER neutrals to provide insight and best practices on how to resolve disputes. Mediation Minutes are thoughtful, quick reading insights based on published training fundamentals and the personal experience of our neutrals.


Mediating the Sexual Harassment Case

Courts and parties are favoring mediation more often with these claims because of the sensitivity of some situations and the desire for confidentiality and a quick resolution. This is especially so with claimants who are minors or who are victims of prior abuse. Mediating these claims often requires a different approach by the parties and especially by the mediator. MORE 


Be Fully Prepared: Negotiation Notes and Mediation Minutes

With any successful negotiation or mediation, I have seen greater levels of success by lawyers and their clients when it is obvious they have entered the process fully prepared with the facts, the law and supporting documentation or support for their position and proposals. MORE


Get the Five Ws and How: Negotiation Notes and Mediation Minutes

The purpose of this and future articles is to share insight and provide best practices on how to resolve conflict and disputes faced by all lawyers. Whether you are involved with negotiating a contract, resolving a business dispute, a divorce or a simple or complex piece of litigation, all lawyers can enhance their negotiation and mediation skills. MORE


The Mindset for Successful Mediation

For adversaries to reach a resolution, they need to come to terms on the merits. To maximize the chances of a successful resolution, they should also be of the correct mindset. I have found that one mindset maximizes the chances of success. MORE 


Mediation Fundamentals – What You Need to Know

Generally, mediation and its process are foreign to most litigants.  With the possible exception of the parties’ lawyers and insurance adjusters, often even the most sophisticated business clients have never been in mediation and do not fully understand the process or know what to expect. MORE 


Best Practices for a Successful Negotiation or Mediation

A key ­­­quality for a successful attorney, leader of an organization, claims professional or human resource professional requires effective negotiation skills to resolve conflict and disputes. MORE


When Mediation is Likely to be Helpful

Ensure the matters and parties are open to mediation. MORE 


Ensure the parties are open to negotiate or mediate the dispute

Not all matters will be appropriate for mediation. MORE 


Pick the Right Mediator and Agree on the Role of the Mediator

The relationship between the mediator and the parties must be clearly defined and be based in trust. MORE 


Insist on Using Objective and Legitimate Criteria

Define the terms of fair: Approaching mediation or negotiations requires that the parties agree on what criteria to use to determine what is a fair agreement. MORE 


Separate the Person from the Problem

When approaching mediation, parties need to work together to tackle the problem, not each other. MORE 


Focus on Interests, Not Positions Interests

For every interest, there usually exist several possible satisfying solutions to adequately address those interests. MORE 


Acknowledge Conflicting Interests and Work to Understanding your Interests and their Interests

In order to accomplish this important task, the following are steps to follow ... MORE