Effective mediation techniques

July 17, 2019

Mediation Lessons From the Talmud: How to Manage High Conflict Personalities in Mediations

Josh Fruchter
In this latest post on applying Talmudic principles in mediation, we will explore a Talmudic insight that can be used to manage high conflict personalities in mediation (the Talmud being an ancient Jewish legal text compiled around 500 C.E. that is a primary source of Jewish law and philosophy). The..
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July 15, 2019

Can Mediators Add Value in the Transactional Context by Rescuing Deals at Risk of Falling Apart?

Josh Fruchter
Traditionally, mediators have helped parties resolve disputes already in litigation. Some of our recent blog posts, however, have discussed how mediators can help nip disputes in the bud before they escalate into litigation in contexts such as estate planning, family businesses, and the workplace. The idea being that lawyers should..
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July 11, 2019

Should Fee Shifting Provisions Condition Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees on Participation in Mediation Before a Lawsuit is Filed?

Josh Fruchter
To deter parties from taking frivolous positions in connection with contractual relationships, agreements often contain fee shifting provisions that entitle a prevailing party to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees in any litigation arising under the agreement. The downside of fee shifting provisions, of course, is that they may deter parties from..
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July 10, 2019

Bracketing in Mediation: When to Use It and Why It Works

Josh Fruchter
Participants in mediations will be familiar with bracketing — a technique widely used by mediators to bridge seemingly insurmountable gaps between what one side is offering and the other side is demanding. Why bracketing works offers a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of negotiation and mediation. Let’s assume a plaintiff..
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July 7, 2019

Mediation Lessons From the Talmud: Making Peace in Mediation by Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt

Josh Fruchter
We have previously blogged about applying Talmudic principles in mediation (the Talmud being an ancient Jewish legal text compiled around 500 C.E. that is a primary source of Jewish law and philosophy). This post will explore application of the Talmudic principle known in Hebrew as dan l’kaf zechut, or judging..
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July 2, 2019

Using a High Low Agreement to Counter Confirmation Bias in an Insurance Mediation

David Albalah
My colleague Josh recently blogged about strategies for handling confirmation bias in mediations. He mentioned I had used a high low agreement to successfully address confirmation bias in an insurance-related mediation. I’ll discuss that case in this post. A start-up title insurance agency (funded by a prominent private equity firm),..
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June 30, 2019

Texas Court Says Express Consent is Key if You Want Your Mediator to Arbitrate Disputes That Arise When Memorializing a Settlement

Josh Fruchter
We previously blogged about the process known as “med-arb” under which the parties to a failed mediation agree to retain the mediator to arbitrate their dispute. We also highlighted a particular application of med-arb under which the parties to a mediated settlement empower the mediator to arbitrate any disputes that..
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June 26, 2019

Recognizing and Addressing Confirmation Bias in Mediation

Josh Fruchter
As defined by the Farnam Street website, confirmation bias is the “tendency to cherry-pick information that confirms our existing beliefs or ideas.” In other words, after making a decision or reaching a conclusion in which we have a vested interest, we tend to interpret any new evidence in a manner..
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June 21, 2019

Mediator Proposal Best Practices

Josh Fruchter
On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, a group of nine California counties and cities announced that they and PG&E had accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve their claims against PG&E arising out of the 2017 North Bay fires. The money will be paid pursuant to the confirmed Chapter..
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June 20, 2019

When Memorializing a Mediated Settlement, Empower the Mediator to Resolve Any Disputes Over Language

Josh Fruchter
To avoid any issue with the enforceability of an agreement in principle signed at the conclusion of a mediation, parties should agree in advance that if negotiations to memorialize the settlement in a more formal agreement break down, the mediator shall resolve any remaining disputes over language or otherwise. This..
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