PREFERRED MEDIATION LOCATIONS:
The preferred location for mediations is Downtown Los Angeles at American Arbitration Association facilities or in Van Nuys. Mediations can also be arranged at Regus locations in Long Beach, and San Diego. Mediations at these locations can be arranged and hosted by Dr. Aikins.
However Dr. Aikins will mediate at any location secured by the parties and agreeable to the parties. He is available to mediate anywhere in California at facilities secured by the parties or at facilities selected by Dr. Aikins.
PREFERRED METHOD OF CONTACT IS VIA E-MAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons at the mediation should have actual authority to settle the dispute. Sometimes it is necessary to have the spouses and or significant other decision makers present to assist a party to come to a reasonable decision. In mediation, the best settlement more than likely is a resolution that neither party is ecstatic about. In mediation, the parties should realize that the best alternative to a negotiated agreement is much better than the worst alternative to a negotiated agreement, e.g. trial and the risk involved.
However, there are some cases that must be tried and not even mediating Houdini could effect a solution short of trial . When the mediation is not successful, Dr. Aikins will work actively with the parties for a reasonable period of time, usually ten days, to try to effect a meeting of the minds.
Dr. Aikins believes that all parties should submit a maximum 5 page Mediation Brief (excluding exhibits) . Dr. Aikins strongly favors the exchange of mediation Briefs. The following brief format is suggested:
The Brief should contain a short history/story of the case, usually no more than one single-spaced page. The next two pages should contain brief statements of the causes of action and the governing law, both statute and case law. The last two pages may be argument. In addition. Dr. Aikins will usually submit questions to each party, usually within three days of receipt of payment of the mediation fees, and he requests that responses to specific questions be limited to two pages. Whether or not a brief is submitted, Dr. Aikins will not mediate a litigated case unless he is supplied with the Complaint. (Litigated case means there has been a complaint filed.
Dr. Aikins experience indicates that there is little in so-called Confidential Briefs that will not be learned during a meaningful mediation. However, if a party believes that he/she has some really “red flag” issues and does not want the other party to know about them, please submit a confidential brief (two pages maximum).
TIMING AND PAGANATION OF SUBMITTED BRIEFS:
All briefs should be submitted at least ten (10) business days before the scheduled mediation. If brief has more than the recommended pages, the additional pages will likely not be read. If a party has exhibits, the pagination limit does not apply to exhibits. Also, a party may feel the need to designate certain exhibits as “confidential” and the maximum page number does not apply—providing they are exhibits and not some concoction of evidence/facts presented as exhibits.
Call for current available dates.
*FEES MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST 21 DAYS BEFORE THE DATE FOR THE MEDIATION HEARING OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF THE MEDIATION HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR A DATE PRIOR TO 21 DAYS. THE MEDIATION DATE IS ONLY LOCKED IN AFTER RECEIPT OF THE MEDIATION FEES FROM BOTH SIDES.
Cancellations of the Mediation Hearing requires 14 days notice. All cancellations must be sent to: email@example.com and in the subject line of the email should be the following: CANCELLATION NOTICE.
It would be greatly appreciated if when cancelling the party would explain why the mediation is being cancelled.
**Contract mediation is handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on the amount of time contracted for, the type of mediation and or investigation required. For example, mediating regarding in-house issues, school bullying and internal conflicts will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.