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Do You Engage Clients in a True Risk/Benefit Analysis?

by Jan Frankel Schau
February 2014

From Jan Frankel Schau's Blog Schau Mediation

Jan Frankel Schau

In the theme of Valentine’s Day, I attended a networking meeting of a group of lawyers today who almost uniformly reported that what they loved about their jobs was bringing solutions to their clients who presented them with a wide array of legal problems, ranging from tax indebtedness to estate planning to white collar crime to divorce.

In mediation, my experience is that few lawyers take the time to objectively analyze the risks and benefits of proceeding with the lawsuit which they have been engaged to zealously prosecute by clients who are less well equipped to analyze the risks and benefits associated with litigation. Enter the diplomatic mediator who can help analyze the unspoken risks, the non-monetary benefits to your client.

A sensitive and professional third party neutral can assist you and your clients in that difficult conversation which you may have fastidiously avoided since the client hired you. What does success look like and how much is your client willing to sacrifice or risk to get there?

Biography


Attorney Jan Frankel Schau is a highly skilled neutral, engaged in full-time dispute resolution. Following a successful career spanning two decades in litigation, she has mediated over 700 cases for satisfied clients. Ms. Schau understands the nuances of trial and settlement practice as well as client relations and balancing the needs of their representatives with the risk and expenses of trial. Those who have used Ms. Schau’s services recognize excellence in her persistence, optimism, creativity and integrity.

Ms. Schau was the President of the Southern California Mediation Association in 2007 and is recognized as among the most outstanding mediators in Southern California in the mediation of civil disputes by her peers and clients. She also serves as a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and has presided as Chair of it’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Litigation Section. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Skills in Negotiation from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University as well as from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights at Loyola Law School.



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