Mediation is a process whereby parties who are at odds discuss their issues with a neutral person, a mediator, in an attempt to settle differences. Mediation is becoming more and more important, as the high cost of legal fees for contested litigation makes litigation too expensive an option for many.


Mediation with an experienced practitioner allows parties to test their positions against what the mediator knows to be reasonable outcomes if their cases were litigated. Parties can then decide if they wish to pursue their cases through litigation or continue with mediation.


Most important, mediation gives parties the opportunity to tailor the results of their disputes and fine-tune the provisions of an agreement. In contrast, a judge hearing the case may have limited time to ponder their case and may issue rulings that leave both parties dissatisfied, albeit often in differing ways.