We are pleased to announce a free webinar for litigators and mediators on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST entitled “The Top 7 Psychological Traps to Watch Out For in Litigation and Mediation.” The presenter is Joshua E. Fruchter, Esq., a mediator and litigator with over twenty five..
We are pleased to announce a free webinar for litigators and mediators on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST entitled “Using Decision Tree Analysis To Value Lawsuits and Negotiate Settlements.” An application for NYCLE-accreditation for one (1) credit in the area of Professional Practice is currently pending. The..
We are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM EST entitled “How Mediation Can Add Value to the Estate Planning Process.” The webinar is NYCLE-accredited for one (1) credit in the area of Professional Practice. The presenter is Joshua E. Fruchter, Esq., a..
In this latest post exploring mediation lessons from the Talmud, we discuss the components of an effective apology (the Talmud being an ancient Jewish legal text compiled around 500 C.E. that is a primary source of Jewish law and philosophy). The Jewish New Year is four days away. The Talmudic..
Last Tuesday, we published a blog post discussing how a flawed decision tree analysis led an insurer defending a wrongful death action to reject reasonable settlement offers, and then get hit with a nearly $40 million verdict and a $7.2 million judgment for breaching a Texas state law duty to..
The dynamic present in personal injury mediations is fairly straightforward. The defendant’s insurer (or the defendant, if self-insured) will estimate the risk of a jury verdict for the plaintiff on liability, and discount the likely damages by that risk to determine a reasonable settlement range. On the other side of..
Nearly all disputes in mediation have both a financial and an emotional component. To paraphrase mediator Julie Denny*, the chief executive of a manufacturer is not just angry because the company lost money due to defective parts; she also feels betrayed because a longstanding supplier whom she trusted cut corners..
Caucus versus joint session. Every mediator has a different view on the subject. Some rely heavily on caucus, and some try to avoid it. Some recommend a joint session followed by caucus while others advocate the reverse. We are writing about this topic because we recently came across a blog..
In this latest post on applying Talmudic principles in mediation, we discuss two vital mediation techniques — encouraging empathy and exhibiting curiosity — that emerge from a Talmudic legend concerning Alexander the Great (the Talmud being an ancient Jewish legal text compiled around 500 C.E. that is a primary source..
As children, we were taught by our parents and teachers to take responsibility for our actions and apologize if we damaged someone’s property or hurt someone’s feelings. See Professor Jonathan Cohen, Advising Clients to Apologize, 72 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1009 (1999). Yet, ironically, as adults — if we cause..