Coping With A Pandemic: Mediator Jeff Kichaven

By Jeff Kichaven
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Law360 (April 13, 2020, 1:41 PM EDT) --
Jeff Kichaven
With self-isolation and social distancing the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community.

Today's perspectives comes from Los Angeles-based commercial mediation specialist Jeff Kichaven.

What challenges has the pandemic created in your specific area of work?

All mediation is now online! Zoom seems to be the platform of choice, and after a few hours of practice, I feel in control of the bells and whistles. A nearby phone, for one-on-one texting and voice, makes our virtual mediations even better.

Is it as good as in-person mediation? Honestly, no. For now, though, we declare it pretty darn good, and we make it work because we have to.

How are you and your family adapting at home?

My fiancée Liz and I are blessed with a wonderful relationship. We are enjoying all the time together. We have cooked some great meals, watched some great movies, and had many great conversations.

Late last year, we moved into a new house. We may even finish unpacking now …

What is the most creative or productive response to the crisis you've witnessed so far?

Every time I look online, I am overwhelmed by the outpourings of goodness and generosity. Our big cities seem like small towns. People shopping for each other, checking in on long lost friends, giving their time and money every way imaginable.

Our ingenuity is limitless — just look at the ingredients people are using to make hand sanitizer. It gets better, more inspirational, every day. My bet? The most creative and productive responses are the ones yet to come.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the firm's clients or Portfolio Media Inc., or any of its or their respective affiliates. This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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