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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...
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...
Michael Scott – Successful Mediator?

Michael Scott – Successful Mediator?

A comparison between The Office’s “Conflict Resolution” and real-life mediation. If you’ve ever watched “The Office,” you know Michael Scott as the hilarious but grossly incompetent and inappropriate manager of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company Scranton branch. From...