Of Course! Mediation is all about the parties having a choice and the power they need to create their own resolutions. There are some disputes that involve complex issues, such as patents or engineering, and you might have greater confidence in a mediator who knows the lingo. In ethnic or religious conflicts, the parties might feel more comfortable with someone who looks like them or shares their core beliefs. Yet don’t underestimate the power of a true outsider. Have you ever explained a work problem to your partner or friend only to have him ask the question that leads to a breakthrough answer? That’s what mediators are trained to do, regardless of their industry experience.
Remember that you and the party you’re in the dispute with need to agree on the mediator. Would you like to see if Nance might be the mediator for your dispute? E-mail or call me to request a conflicts check and subject matter review.
NOTE: This post is a general overview of the mediator selection process. It is not legal advice, and there is certainly no guarantee that any of the actions detailed above will generate a specific result. Past success is never a guarantee of a future outcome. If you require legal information or advice applied to your unique situation, please make an appointment to discuss it with an attorney. Don’t rely solely on what you read on the Internet.