Mediation is an effective method to resolve legal disputes that can be utilized before or during the litigation process. As an alternative to litigating a dispute, or continuing to litigate to a judicial resolution, mediation allows all parties involved in a dispute to step outside the traditional adversarial process and attempt to find their own solution to the issues with the assistance of a trained, neutral mediator. The mediator facilitates their communications, helps them identify key issues and interests, and then helps the parties develop workable options for reaching a fair and reasonable agreement. This type of mediation is called facilitative mediation. In some cases, evaluative mediation techniques can be used. That means that the mediator can offer a confidential evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the claims or defenses raised by the parties. A combination of these two techniques help parties key in on primary issues and interests, and then consider the strengths and weaknesses of their respective positions based upon the mediator’s assessment of facts presented and the applicable law. Evaluative mediation requires confidence in the mediator’s knowledge of the legal principles involved, and all mediations find greater success when working with mediators demonstrating strong people skills – calm demeanor, good listeners, empathetic, skilled communicators, fair-minded. Richard Sievers brings these qualities to every mediation, as well as his extensive experience as a trial lawyer, and a unique exposure to all aspects of the law during his 21 years as a judge on the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
Mediation saves money, gives the parties a far greater say in the outcomes, and produces the certainty that comes from the parties making their own agreement rather than having a judge or jury decide the outcome for them. Contact us now to learn more about the benefits of mediation.