Mediation

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, the mediator, acts as an intermediary during a confidential settlement discussion and attempts to assist the parties in developing options for an amicable resolution of the dispute. Mediation offers an effective, confidential alternative to litigation that is both time and cost efficient.Mediation makes common sense because it allows the people who are actually involved in the dispute to have control over how it gets resolved. Conflict is a part of our social, cultural and human condition. Whether it is a lawsuit, a business problem, a divorce, a contract dispute or employment issue, conflict can be destructive and costly. Conflicts can also be catalysts for progress and growth. Whether a conflict is ultimately negative or positive is often a matter of how the parties involved choose to resolve the matter.  The mediators at Lakeside Mediation Center are dedicated to providing constructive, efficient alternatives for dispute resolution. For answers to some of the frequently asked questions about mediation click here. If you would like to see a short clip from our 30 minute video, click...

Divorce Mediation

Traditionally, cases are mediated with the attorneys present.  A significant number of couples ask that the mediator help them resolve their issues before the divorce petition is filed.  In those cases, the mediator will guide the couple through the process, assist them in preparing a mediated settlement agreement, and will recommend that the couple have their agreement reviewed by an attorney before entering the agreement. Statistics show that divorce cases that are decided by the court ultimately have petitions filed by one of the parties for modification of the divorce decree in 80 percent of the cases.  That statistic indicates that the parties are less than happy with the terms of the divorce decree that are decided for them by the court.  One of the advantages of a successful mediation is that the terms of the divorce are decided by the divorcing couple.  It is their agreement, and as a result, a much smaller number of mediated cases result in a party filing a motion to modify the divorce decree.  That is to be expected, since the couple knows more than anyone the terms of the divorce that will best work for...

Arbitration

Arbitration is another form of alternative dispute resolution that can be highly effective for certain disputes.  Similar to mediation, the parties have great control over the procedures of resolving the dispute outside of a courthouse. Unlike mediation in which the parties themselves decide how the dispute is to be resolved, in arbitration a neutral third party (an arbitrator) is vested with the authority to make the decision.  Arbitration generally is less expensive and faster than the normal court trial. Arbitration has the advantage of being a more flexible and adaptive process than a court trial.  For example, parties may: choose to have a single arbitrator or a panel agree, in advance, whether the decision will be binding or non-binding select an arbitrator with a legal background or specific knowledge of an industry or issue relevant to the dispute agree that the arbitrator will decide the entire dispute or only certain issues, which provides the parties with  flexibility to decide the remainder of the dispute on their own terms choose to combine arbitration and mediation in a manner that allows them to resolve some issues by agreement, but allows the arbitrator to break any deadlocks by issuing an order on unresolved issues The Lakeside Mediation Center works with parties to design the most efficient and cost-effective arbitration process for their dispute and, if desired, provides independent...

Training & Education

The mediators at Lakeside Mediation Center are available to provide mediation training and continuing professional education seminars (such as continuing legal education) on mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution topics.  If you are interested in arranging a seminar or training session, please contact us.  Some examples of our trainings and seminars include: 40 Hour basic mediation training Mediating employment disputes Reducing the cost of conflict 25 ways to torpedo your own mediation Ethical considerations for the advocate in mediation Impasse breaking techniques How to save your family even while dissolving your marriage Dealing with difficult emotions in mediation Are you only half prepared for your mediation? We are available to hold seminars at your location, or we can host them at the Lakeside Mediation...

Books & Videos

Most cases are resolved in mediation – most clients have never been in mediation – A Guide to Mediation allows your client to sit in on segments of a mediation and have the process explained to them by nationally recognized experts in the field. After viewing this video, your client will be able to visualize how their own mediation might look and will be able to participate in the resolution of their own dispute on a more meaningful and productive level. The award winning video, “A Guide to Mediation” was designed and produced by the mediators at Lakeside Mediation Center to help parties understand the mediation process and calm anxieties. This short 30 minute video expertly combines narratives to explain the different stages of the mediation process with realistic scenes from a mock mediation. Feedback on “A Guide to Mediation” is glowing: “A Guide to Mediation” won the national 2000 Communicator Award for Excellence in Legal Videos. The Communicator Awards is a national awards program that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. The video was one of over 3,000 entries from all across the United States, the District of Columbia, and 8 foreign countries. “A Guide to Mediation,” explains the mediation process through clear, concise vignettes. This well produced video will educate your clients on the benefits of this important alternative to litigation. As a trial lawyer who has served as both a mediator and a mediation advocate, I highly recommend this outstanding addition to your mediation library. Terry O. Tottenham Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. “An unparalleled video introduction to the mediation process. Whenever I have a client...