May 24, 2019
Written By: Josh Fruchter on May 24, 2019
The use of high-low agreements is a familiar mediation technique. In a nutshell, a high-low agreement represents a “partial” settlement of a dispute under which the parties to a mediation agree to a minimum recovery for the plaintiff, and a maximum payout by the defendant, and then proceed towards final..
May 21, 2019
Can a Mediation Party Who is an Attorney Speak With a Non-Attorney Counterparty Outside the Presence of the Counterparty’s Counsel?
Written By: Josh Fruchter on May 21, 2019
It’s a cardinal rule that an attorney cannot meet privately with a party represented by counsel outside the presence of the party’s attorney. But what if an attorney is a party to a mediation, and the counterparty is a non-attorney represented by counsel? Can the attorney meet one-on-one with the..
May 20, 2019
Written By: Josh Fruchter on May 20, 2019
Few fans of the hit television series Law & Order are likely aware that the show gave rise to a real-life California divorce drama in which mediation played a central role. In August 2003, the creator of Law & Order, Richard Wolf entered into a marital settlement agreement (MSA) with..
May 16, 2019
Written By: Josh Fruchter on May 16, 2019
“Expanding the pie” is a mediation technique that expands resolution of a dispute beyond purely distributive issues (i.e., how much money A pays to B) to other exchanges of value that create “win-win” solutions for the parties. “Pie expansion” works because, in most conflicts, it’s usually never “just about the..
May 10, 2019
Written By: David Albalah on May 10, 2019
With nearly 30 years of experience mediating business conflicts, it remains my firm conviction that to consistently reach mutually beneficial settlements of commercial disputes, the mediation process must be structured to enable business decision makers to address the underlying business interests of the dispute. One of the expectations emerging from..Tags:
May 9, 2019
Written By: Josh Fruchter on May 9, 2019
For the inaugural post on the Merge Mediation Group blog, I’d like to briefly discuss the role of empathy in mediating disputes where there is a strong emotional component. That is, in disputes where emotions play a central role, what strategies can mediators employ to encourage disputants to step into..