The Role Of Emotions In Mediation

June 10, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

  I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the effect that emotions and moods can play in mediation. The title alone says a lot: “Good Moods Often Lead to Bad Judgments.” Written by three thought leaders on the topic (including a Princeton professor of psychology who’s also a … Read More

Mediation – The Swiss Army Knife of ADR

March 11, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

(Thinking outside the litigation box) I recently read a post which explored creative uses for mediation. It’s a great reminder for business people and attorneys alike of the many and varied potential uses for mediation. In one of my earlier blog posts, I mentioned that I was once hired by a Fortune 500 company … Read More

Learning From The Challenges Of 2020

January 7, 2021By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Why I’m optimistic. Particularly for the future of mediation. By any standard, 2020 was a challenging year. It’s a year nearly all of us are glad to see in the proverbial rear-view mirror. At the same time, it could be argued that there is a positive aspect to the legacy of 2020 — because, on … Read More

Conducting Mediations During The Pandemic

August 6, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Mediating Cases Under The New (Ab)Normal. When I wrote it, I really had no idea what the New Normal would be. I’m not sure that I do, even now. What I can say with confidence, several months later, is that mediation can be effective no matter … Read More

Mediating Cases Under The New (Ab)Normal

April 2, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Hello and sincere best wishes, from my home and family to yours. I doubt any of us could have imagined, even two months ago, that our lives could be so radically affected by something as common to our experience as a flu virus. We are told that its effects will be long lasting, and I … Read More

What To Do When You Find Yourself In A Hole

February 27, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

For starters, consider mediation. I remember as a young litigator at Cabaniss Johnston, partner Bill Robinson introduced me to the First Rule of Holes — which is, “When you’re in a hole, quit digging.” He was teaching me that when you have a losing position or case, you shouldn’t make it worse by doubling down. … Read More

Getting Your Mediation Off The Ground

January 30, 2020By Bill RatliffUncategorized

Have you ever been involved in a mediation that ended before it started? I have. I don’t mean literally, but I do mean one that never gets past the first round of demand and offer. In one sense, conducting a mediation is like flying a plane: It’s not going anywhere if you can’t get it … Read More