Mediators

[ View PDF Version ] In mid-March, 2020, Canadian life as we knew it changed very dramatically. Mediation was able to continue by reason of the collective will of government, the judiciary and, most of all, lawyers and litigants.  Initially, there was an optimistic view that mediations...

Be honest – you didn’t have “pandemic brings the world to a standstill” on your 2020 Bingo Card. Yet here we are a year later, uncomfortably but resiliently working in our new normal of physical distancing, periodic lockdowns, and carving out home office space wherever...

“Well, it’s worth a try. What have I got to lose?” Unfortunately, when it comes to pre-mediation settlement discussions, the answer could be – a lot. Recently, I have heard several of my colleagues promote the potential benefits of pre-mediation settlement talks. These talks could occur...

We can't believe that we are now in month 11 since we’ve been in the company of our colleagues, clients, and friends. With this in mind, we wanted to take a moment to send you a video message from Vance Cooper, Jonathan Cooper, Logan Cooper...

Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. I suggest that the judicious use of a pre-mediation conference (“PMC”) can help all those involved in an upcoming mediation to maximize the prospects for productive, effective and efficient discussions and the...

I know what you must be thinking after reading the title of this blog post. What do a playground toy and a piece of hardware have to do with negotiation and mediation? No, I haven’t lost my marbles. If you have a little patience and...

In the years since I began my mediation practice, I’ve been fortunate to develop strong client relationships and have over 1,000 mediations under my belt. I have found that when a mediator effectively facilitates a negotiation, whatever the ultimate outcome, plaintiff and defence lawyers and...

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