Eight Common Mistakes in Mediation and How to Avoid Them

by Jennifer Grippa, Esq.

Litigators often underestimate the power of mediation.  Mediation can be incredibly valuable, not only as a tool to settle disputes, but also as a mechanism to assess risk, view evidence from a different perspective, size up your adversary, and get a neutral third party’s insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your case. As a mediator, I frequently see litigators squander the opportunities that mediation presents by making mistakes that can impair chances for settlement and make the mediation process longer and less efficient than it otherwise could be. Learning from these common mistakes can help you better prepare for mediation, avoid derailing settlement, and create the most value for your time.

1. Preparing Insufficiently
2. Relying on Summaries Rather Than Evidence
3. Failing to Set Appropriate Client Expectations…

 

Click here to read the full article . The full text appears in this month’s ABA litigation section: “The Woman Advocate.”

 


Jennifer Grippa Esq. is a mediator and arbitrator with Miles Mediation in Atlanta.  She has over 15 years of  litigation experience, specializing in construction law. To schedule a mediation with Jennifer, please call 678-320-9118 or visit her online calendar.