Mediation and Dispute Resolutions
About Shaw Mediation Services
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” Winston Churchill.
Settling your case is a close second.
As a proud member of ABOTA with over 40 years of Jury Trial experience (both plaintiff and defense verdicts), I have learned what works at Mediation to enhance the probability that your case is settled. Cases go to Trial because one side greatly misevaluated the case. Letting a jury pick the “winner” (and “loser”) is fraught with risk, delay, expense, and stress. “Closing the deal” is the most important quality in a Mediator. It often requires crafting a hybrid process that is “outside the box” of the typical “cookie-cutter/one-size fits all” Mediation.
I have been mediating cases for about 20 years and have dedicated to advancing my skills with Advanced Mediation courses at Harvard Law School; Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; the United States District Court, Central District; and Loyola Marymount University. I served in a leadership position on the Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Judges’ Committee that oversaw the Mediation Panel and was co-originator of the Pilot Project Mandatory Settlement Conference Program utilizing plaintiff/defense counsel as the neutrals. I was an instructor for the LASC Panel Mediators on “Effective Techniques in Mediating Personal Injury Cases” and was presented by the Judges with the LASC Award for Outstanding Alternative Dispute Recognition.
ADVANTAGES OF AN INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR:
$400.00 an hour
No administrative “set-up fee”
No “per party” markup fee
No cancellation fee
No fee for my dogged follow-up calls after the Mediation
Available on the USDC ADR Mediation Panel
Sometimes available on short-notice
Flexibility in scheduling
“Settlement Day” for institutional clients