Should Mediators Offer Case Evaluations?

Should Mediators Offer Case Evaluations?

October 3, 2019By Bill RatliffUncategorized

MEA CULPA: I had a busy summer. Family vacations. Getting my daughter married. Fishing in Alaska. A week at Mayo Clinic for family. AND a hectic work schedule. As my wife might say, metaphorically, I let the grass grow high on my blog! With that, back to work. I recently read a good article by … Read More

Mediation As A Tool For Minimizing Risk

Mediation As A Tool For Minimizing Risk

July 10, 2019By Bill RatliffUncategorized

“You’ve got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em” Kenny Rogers For most people, risk is a four-letter word. It’s something lawyers deal with every day. You’re paid to minimize, evaluate, and know when risk is worth taking. When you draft a contract, your client expects you to anticipate issues before … Read More

In Mediation As In Life, Just OK Is Not OK

In Mediation As In Life, Just OK Is Not OK

May 6, 2019By Bill RatliffMediation

As an undergraduate, I majored in finance, but I’ve always been something of a student of marketing — and I love great ad campaigns. By “great,” I don’t just mean the ones I enjoy — but the ones that really stuck with me, and delivered results for the companies who paid for them. Here are … Read More

Attorneys In Mediation: Don’t Beat A Dead Horse!

Attorneys In Mediation: Don’t Beat A Dead Horse!

January 30, 2019By Bill RatliffUncategorized

In one of my very first columns for this blog, I advised my readers that persistence wins in mediation. While I stand by that advice, there is another kind of persistence that absolutely, positively doesn’t win in mediation — the kind referred-to in this post’s title. Beating a dead horse: What a descriptive phrase, when … Read More

To Be A Better Mediator, Trust The Process.

To Be A Better Mediator, Trust The Process.

January 8, 2019By Bill RatliffUncategorized

If you’re an Alabama football fan (or, for that matter, a Bama hater), there’s a good chance you’ve heard Nick Saban talk about “the process” — the term he uses in describing his approach to building championship-caliber football players and teams. Despite recent evidence to the contrary 🙁, that process has served his program very … Read More

Attention Attorneys In Mediation: Don’t Just Phone It In.

Attention Attorneys In Mediation: Don’t Just Phone It In.

December 13, 2018By Bill RatliffUncategorized

If I’m being honest, I cringe every time I conduct a mediation where the defendant’s party representative participates by telephone, or not at all. Unfortunately, I see this happening more and more often. Having said this, I can think of several plausible reasons why client representatives wouldn’t attend a mediation — including The representative is … Read More