The author is a partner in the Dallas Jaw firm of Shaver Boomer Sanford Wathen & Bethune and an AAA mediator. His practice primarily involves civil litigation in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He regularly conducts mediation sessions involving most areas of civil litigation.
In recent years, court ordered mediation has become a significant part of the litigation process. Many states and court systems are moving toward the increased use of alternative dispute resolution procedures-to speed decisions and save tax dollars. The author points out why judges mcreasmgly are making mediation a condition precedent to trial and highlights the elements of this process that puts control fully into the hands of the parties.