Ben J. Cunningham – Mediator FEE SCHEDULE

  • FULL DAY CASE – $ 1600.00 per party – full day in Austin or within 100 miles
    • For mediations with 3 or more parties: $1350.00 per party
  • COMPLEX AND CLASS FLSA MEDIATIONS – $3900.00 per party plus travel expenses if outside Austin
  • HALF DAY CASE – $ 800.00 per party – half day
  • FULL DAY CASE – $ 1800.00 per party – full day 100+ miles outside Austin, plus travel/lodging expenses
  • FOR CASES OUTSIDE OF TEXAS – $7000.00 per party – full day plus travel expenses to be divided by the parties
    • For mediations with 3 or more parties: $2000.00 per party

A full day is an eight (8) hour mediation session.  All hours after 8 hours are billed at $400.00 per hour and divided equally by the parties.

Travel time shall be billed at $125.00 per hour.  Travel time, as with travel expense, shall be divided between the parties and shall be billed after the mediation session.

After a mediation or arbitration is scheduled and notices of the mediation are sent, no cancellation fee shall be charged if the mediation is cancelled FOURTEEN (14) days from the date scheduled for mediation or THIRTY (30) days from the first date scheduled for arbitration.  Such cancellation must be in writing.  If the mediation is cancelled within 14 days of the date set for mediation or 30 days of the first date set for arbitration, a cancellation fee of 50% of the daily rate per party shall be charged to each party. If the mediation is cancelled within 2 business hours of the scheduled mediation date, a full mediation fee is charged to each party.  The mediator may excuse the cancellation fee if the cancellation is due to medical reasons, court intervention, or an event beyond the parties’ control.

The daily rate charged each party includes up to one (1) hour per party for telephone conferences and reviewing pre-mediation submissions.  All reading time beyond 1 hour shall be charged to that party at $400.00 per hour and shall be billed with the expense invoice after the mediation.

The daily rate includes up to 1 hour of post-session follow-up with no additional charge.  All post-session follow-up beyond 1 hour shall be charged at $400.00 per hour and divided equally by the parties.

The Lakeside Mediation Center’s Rocket Docket Program is designed to provide an alternative means of resolving those disputes with lower amounts in controversy, which were heretofore referred to settlement week for mediation.  For those cases that meet the Rocket Docket Profile, we will offer a three-hour mediation at a reduced rate of $600 per party. The submission will be simplified, and the mediation position submissions may be made via e-mail or fax on our streamlined position statement form.  Parties with multiple cases may schedule up to three different cases on the same day in order to maximize the benefits of the Rocket Docket Program. Please note that scheduling a Rocket Docket mediation with a specific mediator does not guarantee you that mediator, but does guarantee you a Rocket Docket mediation with one of our mediators on the date you are confirmed for.

Should the parties schedule two or more days of mediation, the parties shall be responsible for the entirety of their portion of the mediation fee for all days reserved, regardless of the length of the mediation session. The cancellation or rescheduling fee described above shall apply to the fee for the total number of days reserved.

No additional fees are charged for mediations held at the Lakeside Mediation Center.  The mediator shall provide a lunch at no additional cost for all full day mediations held at Lakeside Mediation Center.  The parties shall be responsible for all facility costs for mediations not held at Lakeside Mediation Center and shall be responsible for all costs associated with lunch, food and beverages for mediations not held at Lakeside Mediation Center.

A party may request to hold a mediation date.  Such requested holds shall be honored for forty-eight (48) hours from the time of the request.  Should such date not be confirmed within 48 hours, the requested date may be given to other parties requesting the date.