Jerome F. Weiss

Jerome F. Weiss

Jerome F. Weiss founded Mediation Inc (an Ohio corporation) which is devoted entirely to ADR activities. He has been mediating cases for 23 years. Jerry is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators (IAM), the leading professional organization for active mediators worldwide. He was recognized as Best Lawyers’© 2013 Cleveland Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”.

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Articles and Video:

Decline of Dialogue? Galton, Love, and Weiss on Joint Sessions, Caucuses, and the State of Mediation (06/04/21)
If the point of mediation is to get parties together to discuss and thereby resolve their problems, why is the distinct trend to keep the parties apart?

From Jerome Weiss (10/15/13)
My support group at has been there from the beginning of my wonderful mediation career. Never formulaic or mechanical, but as caring providers who always listened and served with open minds and ears ... Even when mistakes were made, corrections were remarkably close at hand. Thank you! Jerry Weiss

Avoiding the Slow March to the Middle (08/14/13)
The manner in which most negotiations and mediations are conducted - the way most lawyers are conditioned to do it - is through a highly positional and distributive methodology by which the parties and counsel, through the cajoling and arm twisting of a neutral, begin at extreme and often meaningless opposite ends of the spectrum and slowly and painfully work their way to terms that are somewhere in the middle, through hard fought compromise. This is despite considerable teaching and evidence that suggests that a more collaborative and integrative approach is not only more effective, but also something that clients, when they are prepared and engaged, actually prefer. This article explores how a more collaborative and integrative approach, even though unfamiliar because of cultural and educational conditioning, may be lots less wear and tear and beneficial to the parties and their interests.

Secrets for Settlement - How to Succeed in Mediation (05/05/13)
Here then are some secrets of mediation that I have observed during my years as a professional mediator and that work for successfully resolving disputes.

Don’t Be So Square (11/16/09)
I recently saw my friend Lisa. She helps individuals and institutions to focus on communication, both within the institution and its workers, and how those individuals and companies interface with the outside world. I find the work fascinating, even if a bit vague, since it relates to something I focus on every day in mediation: the importance of clear communication as the foundation for better understanding and resolution of disputes.

From Jerome Weiss (08/31/07)
I want to congratulate you on the occasion of your 200th newsletter celebration. Not only does your newsletter provide great value to me and my organization: the web service and support along with related activities such as Keith Seat's Mediation News for the 21st Century have been invaluable in terms of ADR foundation and providing information to the disputants and their representatives who use our services. Many thanks and best wishes for continued success.

Tipping Points In Mediation: Critical Thresholds In The Process (04/30/07)
This article examines how a dramatic moment, event or thought can change the complexion of the dispute resolution process, both positively and negatively.

Mediation To Raise The Spirit (03/20/06)
In its most profound context, mediation, like spiritual communion can be both transforming and redemptive. Understanding of and accommodation for the differences in the spectrum of emotions, needs, values and interests presented by the participants are necessary elements for either process to be meaningful.

Apology: The Post-Debate View (11/21/05)
This article examines the need for better mediation advocacy through analysis of recent articles on apology and explains how it sets an appropriate tone in certain cases. The article also explains recent clinical experience with respect to apology for medical mistakes and the relationship to mediation advocacy.

You Never Can Tell (10/03/05)
Using George Bernard Shaw's play, You Never Can Tell, to show the need to dispense with issues of personality and personal differences so that we can address the merits and substance of our disputes.