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Emerging from the COVID-19 Environment


Some courts put civil cases on hold during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on the courts in your area, civil cases are being scheduled but the backlog may still protract the time in which a case may be heard.  Whether you have a case pending, or are considering filing a civil case, this is a perfect time to pursue resolving your dispute through alternative dispute resolution.  Mediation or arbitration of your case will provide a more timely and less expensive resolution when compared to litigation. If you have an attorney, ask them about this option.  If you are pro se, contact us directly and we can discuss how we might help.  Alternative Dispute Resolution can be conducted either in-person or virtually, depending on your preference and location.  Just go to the contact tab above and we will be glad to discuss your needs.


Gain Insight from the Outside
12-7-20  Also published on LinkedIn
Many successful companies use consultants to gain a different perspective on internal operations. Those consultations often result in improved operations and are cost effective. Organizational leaders are smart, know their business, but find there are times when an outside perspective can provide insights from a different set of eyes.  The same is true when it comes to resolving conflict. 
Leaders can encounter conflict within their organizations, with staff, with suppliers, with customers, or with business partners. Successful leaders are likely to have great negotiating skills but, just like operations, an external perspective in resolving conflict can result in better outcomes.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the form of either mediation or arbitration is a cost effective method of resolving conflicts when compared to litigation.  ADR can also result in more timely resolutions, particularly in the current COVID-19 environment when courts have either suspended or reduced civil case schedules.  ADR can be conducted virtually providing a safe and expedient resolution to conflicts.
If you have questions about how an ADR professional might help you, please ask me.


Mediation in COVID-19 Environment: and Beyond

9-15-20  Also published on LinkedIn​


Some courts have suspended hearing general civil cases and the cases are getting backlogged.  Getting a general civil case on the court calendar, even after the courts reopen, will be protracted.  One option open to parties is to try and mediate the case in lieu of trial. Mediation can provide a quicker and economical resolution to a dispute, even during “normal’ circumstances, but particularly now.

Mediation can be conducted virtually via different conferencing platforms over the internet.  The availability of a mediator to help in resolving the case is much better than the availability of the court.  The use of virtual mediation avoids travel time to an in-person meeting and eliminates health concerns about personal contact.  Virtual mediation provides benefits that will extend beyond COVID-19.  Mediation should be seriously considered in lieu of litigation, particularly where the relationship between the parties is valued.  


Mediation for Physicians

There are many opportunities for physicians to encounter conflict and impasse with those with whom they work in healthcare.  Physicians' relationships with health insurance companies, hospitals, suppliers, staff and even partners, to name some, represent potential opportunities for disagreement.  You can probably resolve some of these on your own. You probably are a good negotiator. Sometimes, however, you can’t quite resolve an issue; you come to an impasse.  Either you or the other party just doesn’t want to make a move toward resolution or you have made progress but just can’t close the deal.  That is when a mediator can help you mediate a resolution to which both you and your adversary can agree.


Mediation is the only method by which you can engage a disinterested third-party to help resolve an impasse while you still make decisions for yourself.  In litigation you are placing the decision of what will happen in someone else’s hands.