Too Early To Mediate? Think Again

Law360, New York (August 26, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT) -- When I first started practicing law nearly 30 years ago, hiring a neutral third party to facilitate settlement agreements was almost unheard of in the world of civil litigation. Through the late 80s and early 90s, as the use of mediators in Arizona came into vogue, the industry met the practice with some resistance. But today, mediation is commonplace, and the value of using a neutral third party to facilitate settlement and reduce costs associated with trial is widely recognized.

However, despite the current prevalence of...
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