Michael J. Roberts is a full-time professional mediator involved in resolving disputes throughout the United States. He has 36 years of major law firm experience as a senior litigation partner. Since 1985, Mike has served as a mediator and special master in more than 4,000 cases with aggregate settlements in excess of $800 million. Mike's mediation practice consists primarily of major financial controversies and complex multi-party matters with emphasis on business, real estate, construction, employment and insurance. Mike's clients include real estate developers, contractors, publicly held companies, institutional lenders, health care providers, educational institutions, governmental agencies, insurance companies and the like. He is a frequent speaker at professional and industry seminars throughout the United States on various topics involving alternative dispute resolution.
Why Mediation Works When Negotiations Fail(07/01/02)
Recently, I served as a mediator in a dispute between two former partners in a business venture gone bad. The parties had attempted to resolve their dispute on numerous occasions but to no avail. By the time of the mediation, the parties had spent substantial amounts of money on attorneys, emotions were running high, and the parties distrusted one another so much and perceived themselves to be so far apart that the chances of any settlement seemed unlikely. Nevertheless, after one day of mediation, the dispute was settled. So why is it that mediation works when direct negotiations have failed?
Resolving Disputes Through Employment Mediation(03/04/02)
Few controversies are more damaging to a business than a dispute with an employee. In today's environment, a single major employment dispute can result in the erosion of substantial assets because of legal fees and a potential jury award.
Why Mediation Works(08/30/99)
We are in the midst of a litigation crisis. The high cost and long delays associated
with the trial of civil matters often make litigation an impractical method of resolving
disputes. It is not uncommon for the attorney's fees, expert witness fees, jury fees, court
reporter fees and other related costs to exceed the amount in dispute.