Parties and their attorneys can evaluate the mediation option at every stage of litigation. It requires compromise by all involved and also provides significant opportunity to contain costs, eliminate risks, and maintain control over the outcome.
The mediation process is as demanding as the litigation process, as the participants actively work through differences with the mediator toward resolution. Mediation provides the environment, opportunity and incentive for stakeholders to collaborate to achieve common settlement objectives.
Mediation is a widely accepted alternative dispute resolution tool, used by those who want rational and efficient alternatives to litigation. Court programs and mediation models vary, but the objectives are the same: to end an ongoing and oftentimes contentious dispute.