A new article by Hon. Michael R. Panter, (Ret.), published on July 20, 2016 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, provides useful tips and insight into how attorneys and parties can pave the way to a successful mediation. Entitled, “Mediation: Know whom you’re persuading,” the article provides concrete steps attorneys can take to increase the likelihood of a successful mediation. Judge Panter, a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, explains how using a simple timelines and a short well-tabbed submission can give the mediator a great start on understanding a case scheduled for mediation. The more a mediator understands the case facts and case dynamics, the easier it is for the mediator to facilitate productive negotiations between the parties.
Keeping the mediator well informed helps the mediation run smoother. “That fabulous fact or argument you want to spring at trial? If you don’t use it in your mediation submission, the chances are very high that no one will ever hear it, since less than two percent of cases are ever tried,” notes Judge Panter. “If you do have something really confidential, write a separate confidential note to the mediator.” The article goes on to offer bountiful suggestions for the novice as well as the experienced attorney representing clients at mediation. To read the entire article, click here.
Judge Panter is a skilled mediator and arbitrator known for his thorough and intelligent approach to settlements and the boundless energy he brings to the dispute resolution process. He has extensive experience in the employment, personal injury and professional malpractice cases. With more than 29 years of experience, he brings a unique and empathetic approach to counsel and their clients.
To read Judge Pinter’s full bio, click here.
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