Publications

RESOLVE THORNY ISSUES BEFORE COMING TO MEDIATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Assume that you are involved as a plaintiff or a defendant (carrier) in a serious injury case and that the injured party has collected workers' compensation so the issue of a lien payback will be part of any settlement. Also assume that the plaintiff may have sought, or is receiving social security disability payments or wil...

MEDIATOR SETTLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

During the course of negotiations, it is very common for one or more of the parties to ask a Mediator, "So, what do you think the case is worth?" This Mediator has a consistent response to that often-heard inquiry, "The case is worth what it settles for." Although that response may, at first, seem a bit glib, the inquiring p...

REMOVING THE TRIAL BLINDERS TO ACHIEVE AN EFFECTIVE MEDIATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Resolving a dispute through Mediation on the eve of trial presents a unique challenge to the Mediator because the parties' counsel are in the "trial zone" - the zone in which settlement no longer is seen as the goal and, instead, the focus is solely on prevailing at trial. When in "the zone", both sets of counsel may have di...

WHY MEDIATION OF THE NCAA LABOR DISPUTE MAKES SENSE

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

When football players at Northwestern University launched a bid to unionize last year, and a regional director at the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") ruled that the players are employees under the control of the university, a veritable "Pandora's Box" was opened that could, ultimately, end collegiate athletics as we ...

CLEARER PLAYER DISCIPLINARY PROCESS CAN HELP RESTORE NFL'S LUSTER

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

In the wake of criticism of the National Football League (NFL) and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, over the handling of domestic violence issues, there is an opportunity for the league to establish clearer, more uniform standards of player discipline. Emerging from the recent owners' meetings in New York, Commissioner Goode...

IDENTIFYING CONDITIONS TO SETTLEMENT PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF NEGOTIATIONS

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Oftentimes, parties come to a Mediation session completely focused on "big picture" issues - their leading claims and defenses and the consequent damages they are seeking to advance or refute. Great time and labor is then invested in the ensuing debate and negotiations relative to these issues. Indeed, significant progress m...

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL MEDIATION PROCESS

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Volume is a great teacher. Nothing could have fully prepared me for the bench even though I tried many cases in private practice and spent a great deal of time in the courthouse. The sheer number of cases and the decisions that had to be made in a day dwarfed any type of previous experience. Much in the same way the sheer nu...

ADR AND WORKPLACE SEXUAL ABUSE

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

New York's historic preference for arbitration was recently upheld in a strongly-worded decision issued by Judge Anil Singh of the New York County Supreme Court. In Pupiales v. Building Management Company, et al., the Court issued an Order compelling arbitration under CPLR 7503 in a dispute between Plaintiff Pupiales and Def...

THE PRE-MEDIATION MEDIATION – WHEN, WHERE AND WHY

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

As any practitioner who has represented a plaintiff in a lawsuit knows, nothing is more frustrating than spending a day at Mediation where the Mediator is consumed with issues among and between the defendants. Adding insult to injury, the Mediator is then ultimately unable to bring anything forth to the plaintiff by day's en...