Alternative Dispute Resolution
"You and your fellow disputant are having trouble reaching a solution. You need a process to help you reach an agreement that satisfies both sets of interests. You need a neutral place to meet the other party on equal footing. You need an objective person to help you communicate and set a productive tone. You need mediation—successful mediation."
I am an expert in the process; I provide the place; I am passionate about fairness; and I will work tirelessly to facilitate and protect a constructive communication process that results in a mutually satisfactory, lasting agreement.
What I Bring to the Table
Respect and Trust
Good rapport with the mediator is essential to successful mediation. I do everything in my power to ensure that both parties trust my neutrality and respect the process.
You have to be heard to be understood. I bring empathy and curiosity to the mediator’s chair because conflict involves stories, and stories tell you where people have been, where they are now, and where they want to go.
Courts restrict parties and decision-makers to legal thinking. Mediation takes legal thinking and expands it with insight, connection, and creative solutions. Law is only one possible frame; we can re-frame the problem in whatever way will most likely solve it.
You have come to mediation because you think finding common ground will be faster and less traumatic than winning or losing in litigation. My job is to hear your stories, seek connections, and help you find enough common ground to go away with an enduring resolution.
What You Bring to the Table
Mediation is your choice. By seeking a mediated solution, you are taking control of the next stage of your problem—and your life.
Openness to Collaboration
As a mediator, my job is to see both parties go away satisfied. That can only happen if collaboration is an option. You are in mediation to settle things together.
Willingness to Talk & Listen
You will tell your story, you’ll listen to the other party’s story, I will listen and ask questions, and we’ll all offer ideas that lead us to a solution that works for both of you.
The goal is simple: a clearly expressed set of terms that satisfies both parties’ interests and becomes binding when you each sign it. You will leave satisfied, with your dispute settled.