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...

10 TIPS FROM THE MEDIATOR – GAINING A CLIENT'S ACCEPTANCE

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

1. Prepare the client for the mediation much in the way you prepare them for trial. 2. Consider how you will manage their expectations. 3. Give them a realistic analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of their case in advance. 4. Discuss the mediation process in detail. 5. Explain the mediator's background and r...

10 BREAKOUT SESSION TIPS FOR THE MEDIATOR: WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Do give consideration in advance as to what confidential information will be revealed to the mediator in the breakout session. Do not attempt to rush the mediator into giving an evaluation of the merits of the case. Do give the mediator ample opportunity to speak to both sides. Do not become mired in arguments as to...

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 ...

PREPARING YOUR WITNESS AND YOURSELF FOR A TRIAL OR ARBITRATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

During my fifteen years as a Judge, I have heard the testimony of hundreds of witnesses in all types of proceedings. As a trial attorney in private practice, I prepared a great number of witnesses to testify. Even with the best preparation, my father, who was a great trial lawyer, would say he would die a thousand deaths whe...

ADDRESSING LEGAL ISSUES WITH THE MEDIATOR AND TIMING IN SEEKING AN EVALUATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Many cases that come to mediation involve novel questions of law. Invariably, there will be a dispute as to the proper law applicable to the case and the interpretation of appellate decisions that impact upon same. It is common for parties in the context of their pre-mediation brief to cite case law with a summarization of t...

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...