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A New Article by Teresa F. Frisbie, Esq.

A New Article by Teresa F. Frisbie, Esq.

October 21, 2013

A new article by Teresa F. Frisbie, Esq., published on September 30, 2013 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, helps mediators design better approaches to resolve elder disputes. Entitled, “How to mediate disputes involving the elderly,” the article discusses various ways in which elder mediations differ from other types of mediation, and how counsel and mediators should approach what are often emotionally-laden issues.

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Arbitrations Should Meet Parties’ Needs

Arbitrations Should Meet Parties’ Needs

July 31, 2012

This article, written by Irving Levinson, Esq., explains why arbitration may be better than mediation to resolve a dispute. Levinson addresses the misconception that arbitration is an arduous process, emphasizing the importance of the process being carefully structured by the parties and arbitrating body to fit each sides’ needs to ensure the best possible outcome.

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Preparing Your Client for Mediation

Preparing Your Client for Mediation

July 27, 2012

This article, written by Hon. Richard A. Siebel (Ret.), describes how client preparation is often an overlooked yet critical step when preparing for mediation. Giving step-by-step instructions for how an attorney can best prepare his or her client for mediation, Siebel emphasizes the importance of an actively and productively engaged client for satisfactory resolution.

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Getting to Yes: The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediations

Getting to Yes: The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediations

July 18, 2012

Alex Goodrich conducts a frank discussion with an ADR Systems senior mediator and arbitrator and Plaintiff and Defense counsel. The article captures the details of this discussion and hits on topics such as the recent surge in growth and popularity of mediation as a means for settling disputed cases. Considering this trend, many professionals are changing the way that they manage their post-negotiation risk analysis. Calling on this panel of experts, Goodrich lays out what makes or breaks a successful mediation and how attorneys and their clients can most effectively utilize the mediation process.

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Parties Should Choose Their Best Mediator

Parties Should Choose Their Best Mediator

June 26, 2012

This article, written by Irving Levinson, Esq., urges parties to carefully choose the neutral for any mediation. Levinson outlines which qualities parties should look for in a mediator depending on the type of dispute they are involved in, and how parties can find a mediator that is right for their dispute.

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Mediation Requires Different Approach

Mediation Requires Different Approach

October 17, 2011

This article, written by Hon. Patrick McGann, (Hon.) and Jann Johnson, Esq., aims to elucidate “mediation advocacy.” Given that mediation is an increasingly popular method used for resolving disputes, the article focuses on the importance of recognizing the key differences between how to approach litigation as opposed to mediation. McGann and Johnson give detailed instructions for how an attorney and her client should embark on the preparatory steps of the mediation process.

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Judge Burke successfully mediated a complicated case with little chance of being resolved.  He read every word of the parties' submissions, asked astute questions, and worked hard to find a path to resolution.  Judge Burke communicated with the parties themselves - so that they felt they were important participants in working toward resolution. The case I thought was never going to settle, settled.

Robert W. Smyth, Jr., Esq.Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth