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!
At The Law Studio, some common conflicts we resolve include elements of:
- Breach of contract
- Business ownership
- Employment discrimination
- Ethno-religious biases
- Personal injury
- Work distribution or performance
If you’re not ready for formal mediation, you might still benefit from the exercises in Nance’s book:
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