Vancestock V, Thank You For Helping Us Raise Over $33,000 For Trails Youth Initiatives! If you happen to see Vance Cooper on the street flashing a big smile and humming a tune, it’s a good bet that he's reliving one of the wonderful memories he took away...

Think back to the mid-1980s - if you’re old enough to remember them. Michael Jackson moonwalked his way into superstardom, the Breakfast Club taught kids everywhere that serving detention could give you a real education, and a fresh-faced articling student named Vance Cooper was eagerly...

Over the past 30 years working on personal injury and insurance claims - as a lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator - I have observed that settlement discussions in advance of mediation occur all too infrequently. Five factors which I believe contribute to the inability of those...

Preparing for mediation can be an intensive process for both lawyers and clients. Advancing or defending a matter requires exceptionally good research skills to navigate through questions of law, relevant precedents and to establish all pertinent facts. Even the most thoroughly-prepared lawyer can fail to achieve...

There is a common view that when mediation produces a settlement, it has been successful and, conversely, where mediation fails to produce a settlement, it has been a failure. Needless to say, mediators, us included, would prefer not to characterize a mediation which does not...