Mediation is a private conflict resolution process in which the parties in dispute co-create an enforceable agreement settling the dispute, with the help of a neutral third-party.
You might choose mediation before a claim or lawsuit has been filed, especially if you want to maintain, or even improve, your relationship with the party you currently don’t know what to say to. This could be a supervisor, business partner, vendor, employee, roommate, stranger, or even an assailant (as Nance discusses in her first book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master).
The mediator will facilitate conversations that uncover underlying beliefs, wants, and needs, as well as the unmet expectations that might not have been expressed. We find these discoveries often provide new frameworks for parties to recreate their relationships, even if they look different than planned. Ideally, we will even help you create something better!
Some common conflicts I resolve include elements of:
- Breach of contract
- Business ownership
- Employment discrimination
- Ethno-religious biases
- Personal injury
- Work distribution or performance
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Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a workplace attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City who has experience with online dispute resolution. She served two years in Human Resources as an Employee Relations Representative and another two years as the Main Representative to the United Nations for the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM). Her holistic, integrative approach to conflict resolution draws from her experience as a crime victim, and minor league sports agent, as well as her legal, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and ICERM training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by Super Lawyers (ADR, 2018), the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Finalist, Best for NYC 2015 & 2016), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (Finalist, 2013 Pitch Competition).