How To Make Better Decisions In Mediations. And In Life.

How To Make Better Decisions In Mediations. And In Life.

February 7, 2017By br_adminCase Studies

Mediation can provide certainty in an uncertain litigation process. By design, it enables the client to have control (at least over their own decisions), in a judicial process that none of us can fully control. My role, simply put, is to try to help lawyers and their clients make good decisions with the information they … Read More

Advice for Your Clients In Mediation

Advice for Your Clients In Mediation

January 24, 2017By br_adminCase Studies

Several years ago, I wrote a Best Practices article for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), advising contractors approaching or participating in mediations. Below is a summary of that article — which should be helpful to any clients participating in mediations. Be Prepared. The three keys to success in any endeavor are preparation, preparation and … Read More

Making a Mediation Opening Statement

Making a Mediation Opening Statement

January 18, 2017By br_adminCase Studies

Should You or Shouldn’t You? I recently served on a panel of mediators at the Alabama State Bar’s annual meeting. One of the attendees asked the panel if we encouraged attorneys to make mediation opening statements. I was the sole panelist who said Yes. I believe opening statements are important; particularly when a mediation is … Read More

The Role Of Communication In Mediation

The Role Of Communication In Mediation

December 22, 2016By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Whether it’s written or oral, communication is the legal profession equivalent of blocking & tackling — and it comes naturally to most attorneys. I suspect most of us would grade ourselves pretty highly on our communication skills. That said, I have to wonder if we’re intentional enough about what we communicate, and the messages we … Read More