Thomas F. Maffei authored this article for The National Law Review.
As a mediator, I am not surprised by how much effort lawyers devote to picking the “right” mediator, even though a mediator does not make findings or rulings or enter awards. The reason for all the due diligence is understandable: the parties have had their opportunity to test their cases and probe the weaknesses of the opposing side, and spent a fair amount of time and money in the process. Now, they want to resolve the matter, put it behind them and move on to more productive things. At the same time, neither side wants to “give away the store.” Great mediators can find that balance.
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