Commercial Mediation Articles
(10/31/16)Ute A. Joas Quinn
The International Mediation Institute (IMI) has just released its 2016 International Mediation and ADR Survey. The results, which were generated by 815 individuals representing 67 countries and varied stakeholders (users, advisors, mediators, educators, students, providers, governments), are seriously thought provoking.
Days after June's UK Brexit Referendum, US Secretary of State John Kerry advised: 'It is absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don't start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.'
(10/24/16)Samantha Blake, Milan Slama
Although they have distinctive practices that differ in purpose, goals, and approach, workplace investigators and mediators share certain common objectives.
Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
In December 2015, a FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force issued its Final Report and Recommendations for improvements to the administration of its forum and its ADR processes.
(10/10/16)L. Randolph Lowry
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University and founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
It’s that time of year again! Mediation Awareness Week is about to kick off in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world.
I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below.
(9/20/16)David A. Hoffman
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with David Hoffman, founder of The Boston Collaborative and former President of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
(9/16/16)F. Peter Phillips
A group of very prominent stakeholders on commercial dispute resolution met at Cardozo Law School on September 12, 2016, to conduct the New York City session of the Global Pound Conference.
(9/09/16)F. Peter Phillips
By now I've attended or participated in quite a few task forces, speeches, conference panels and other occasions in which the issue of class action waivers in consumer arbitration clauses has been discussed.
Think about the last time that someone asked us how things were going? We probably responded with, “pretty good, you know…keeping pretty busy!”
Commerce is a relationship activity – it makes no sense if mediators fail to address relationship in resolving commercial disputes.
During the past year, there have been two interesting developments regarding mediation confidentiality.
Ms. Sussman discusses her recently conducted survey regarding the preferences and decision-making of 401 domestic and international arbitrators.
When disagreements at work are unresolved, one of the unfortunate outcomes can be long lasting workplace feuds.
(8/19/16)F. Peter Phillips
The ABA Business Law Section has about 50 substantive committees, many of which include subcommittees addressing dispute resolution in their field. In the past several months, many members of these various entities undertook a collaborative effort to “cut across the solos.”
The communication problems that happen in the mediation session might be symptoms of the conflict.
(7/29/16)Michael P. Carbone
It's that time. You've just returned to your office from a case management conference.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with well-known Seattle Mediator Terry Wakeen filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
(7/15/16)Andrea Maia, Vivien Lys Porto Ferreira da Silva
The current issue consists on identifying the effectiveness of insertion of clauses of mediation in contract of insurance and reinsurance in corporate law and consumer law, exclusively in private mediation.
I recently met with a group of entertainment attorneys (like myself) here in Los Angeles, some of whom were also considering entering the arbitration field. A significant number of these attorneys did not understand that copyright infringement and other intellectual property disputes can be arbitrated or mediated.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Roger Fisher, author of 'Getting to Yes' and other negotiation and dispute resolution books and founder of the Harvard Project on Negotiation, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
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The C-suite, the Board, senior management – call it what you will, those at the top of an organisation are as prone to conflict as the rest of us. But even more than the staff base, senior management are reluctant to use mediation.