In order to maintain a realistic, results-oriented perspective, I only accept cases if I have had trial and/or litigation experience with the subject matter. Fortunately, I have experience in a wide variety of cases. I have handled cases from inception, through trial, and on subsequent appeal. The claimed damages in these actions have ranged from de minimus to the catastrophic.
Mediation as Opportunity
Mediation affords all participants an opportunity to negotiate toward a result they know they can live with, while trial usually results in the complete disappointment of at least one party.
The use of a neutral mediator allows counsel to educate the client as to possible areas of weakness without jeopardizing the client's confidence in the attorney's commitment to the case.
I read briefs ahead of time, and speak with the attorneys if I have questions. Thus, all of the time spent in hearing is aimed at achieving a resolution. All persons necessary to final resolution of the case should be present, and settlement documents should be brought to the hearing.