Doing Business in Washington? Understand the ADR Options.

ADR IN WASHINGTON – Chapter 28 of “Doing Business in Washington” (5th ed., WSBA International Section) I was asked to author the chapter on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the 5th edition of “Doing Business in Washington”, published (fall 2010) by the WSBA International Section in conjunction with the Washington Department of Commerce.  I also authored […]

General Mediation Information

General Information About Our Mediation Business Terms Unless we agree otherwise, you will be charged $400/hr (my normal hourly rate) for my mediation services, including time spent in the mediation conference as well as time spent in preparation and for any follow-up that I believe is warranted. I will absorb routine “costs” (fax, photocopying, etc.) […]

Suggested Format for an Agreed Mediation Plan Under the King County Superior Court Early Mediation Pilot Project

Below is my suggested format for an agreed mediation plan to be filed in those King County cases slected for the Early Mediation Pilot Program. A Word version is available here: Agreed Mediation Plan ****************************** SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR KING COUNTY CAPTION AGREED MEDIATION PLAN COME NOW the parties to this case, by and […]

Memo to Client Re: Mediation

WHAT IS MEDIATION? Mediation is a process. The mediator attempts to facilitate an out-of-court settlement between the parties by building upon areas of common agreement and by challenging the parties and their lawyers to think critically about the case, potential outcomes, and the business and other risks which attend continued pursuit of the lawsuit. WHY […]

General Mediation Requirements

For Phil Cutler WHAT WHEN Pre-Mediation Settlement Conference Before mediation conference Counsel for the parties (or the parties themselves) should meet at least once prior to the mediation and engage in a good faith attempt to negotiate a settlement of the action. Unless the parties have attempted to settle their dispute on their own, a […]