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Do Your Homework – Get to Know Your Mediator

Do Your Homework – Get to Know Your Mediator

That mediation is usually a quicker, more efficient, and cost-effective alternative to litigation is widely accepted by lawyers. But what many lawyers may not know is that the skills of mediators – especially in Missouri – can vary to a significant degree. So, if...
The Myth Of ‘Splitting the Baby’ In Arbitration

The Myth Of ‘Splitting the Baby’ In Arbitration

I am an advocate of arbitration, and this is why: Giving the parties a faster, cheaper, and certain decision has great value in the right situation. Critics of arbitration argue that arbitrators “split the baby,” meaning that arbitrators never rule all the way for one...
What to Expect During Virtual Mediations

What to Expect During Virtual Mediations

At the start of 2020, very few people knew much about – let alone utilized – online meeting platforms such as Zoom. But the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns it brought worldwide changed all that. Seemingly overnight, business as well as private individuals were...
Finding Your Diamond In The Rough Mediator

Finding Your Diamond In The Rough Mediator

Are all mediators the same? I wonder how many lawyers think this is true or maybe they categorize us into a couple of groups: Super-experienced, go-to mediators; Retired Judges; and Everyone else I am challenging you to think beyond this paradigm. The first two groups...
Understanding and Using Psychology in Mediation

Understanding and Using Psychology in Mediation

I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute an article (co-authored with the fantastic Ken Chackes) for the Bar Association Of Metro St. Louis (BAMSL) spring edition of the St. Louis Bar Journal focusing on Alternative Dispute Resolution. We decided to explore...