The author is the managing partner of the law firm of Spolter, McDonald & Mannion in San Francisco and a panelist of the AAA Center for Mediation. He has successfully mediated more than 300 disputes, in the various areas.
Since most cases settle before trial, there are very few that are inappropriate for settlement through mediation . In fact, so prevalent and suitable is the use of mediation in the resolution of disputes, says the author, that "these days any practicing attorney will be subject to criticism, if not malpractice exposure, for failing to identify the benefits of mediation to a firm's clients." What this signifies is the need for attorneys to become familiar with the particulars of the mediation process. The author makes this task easy with a checklist that is designed to inform the novice and refresh the veteran attorney who represents parties at mediation.