Paul M. Lurie, a partner in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin, has lectured and written extensively on the topic of guided choice mediation, giving a name, form and substance to what was once an amorphous process. Where guided choice mediation is utilized, the parties agree on the selection of a mediator whose role it is to assist them, in the early stages of a dispute, in achieving a timely resolution of that dispute. Typically, the guided choice mediator meets with the parties to educate herself or himself on the nature of the dispute and the factual and legal issues in contention. Of course, any discussions that take place are in confidence, as they are held in furtherance of settlement discussions.
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