A fast-growing form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation involves the use of a neutral third-party mediator to assist the parties in settling a dispute.
Unlike arbitration, mediation does not place any decisionmaking power in the hands of another. Rather, the mediation process emphasizes the benefits to the parties of formulating their own resolution instead of leaving it to the decision of judge, jury, or arbitrator.
Increasingly, courts are incorporating mediation into the litigation process. For example, the judges of the federal district court here in St. Louis have authority to require parties to attempt to resolve cases using mediators before going to trial. The project has been viewed as successful, as a high settlement rate has been achieved.
We represent employers in employment mediation and also serve as mediators.
The attorneys of Harris Dowell Fisher & Young, L.C. have successfully represented many clients in mediation, obtaining favorable settlements and enabling our clients to avoid substantial trial costs and the risks of an adverse judgment. Of course, there are also many times when settlement at mediation is inadvisable, and we consult closely with our clients to determine the best approach in a given situation.
Contact us to discuss how we may best assist you in this regard.