Michael Wales of Wales Law ADR with offices in San Diego, CA and Scottsdale, AZ, has over 30 years of litigation experience in Arizona and California. Mike formerly served as an Administrative Law Judge and Municipal Court Judge in Arizona and formerly worked in the multi-state law firms of Carpenter Hazlewood Delgado & Bolen heading up their HOA construction defect department, and Resnick & Louis, as an insurance defense partner.
Mike obtained his initial mediation training in 2004 and has participated in hundreds of mediations in a wide variety of mediations since then. Mike now serves full-time as a mediator in a variety of civil cases from auto accidents to complex multi-party construction defect matters.
Michael Wales obtained his initial mediation training in 2004 and has since participated in hundreds of mediations in a wide variety of matters since then, of which over 20 have been complex multi-party construction defect matters. Mike now serves full-time as a mediator in a variety of civil cases from auto accidents to complex multi-party construction defect matters.
The vast majority of my mediations are conducted via Zoom. This is typically the safest and most convenient process for the participants. It allows me to use breakout rooms to talk to parties and their attorneys and easily review any documents submitted to me.
I often call each party before the mediation. I try to get an honest assessment from each side about the issues and the prospects for resolution. I ask them to tell me not only the strengths of their position, but the weaknesses, and the strengths of the position of the other side. Getting that information in advance of the mediation session helps me guide the discussion. It’s sometimes difficult to get an honest and realistic assessment from each side, but if I start them thinking about it before the mediation, we make more progress once the mediation actually starts. Understanding each party’s objectives can also help me assess whether there is the potential for a resolution.
Strong advocates for the competing interests are critical to the process. And that strength must include more than the ability to represent the client’s position to the mediator and the adversary. The advocate needs to be able to identify the weaknesses in their own case, and the strengths in the opposing case, and speak directly and realistically with the client. The mediator is a facilitator, and seldom acts as an advocate. The lawyers for the parties need to be part of the mediation team.
I am very creative with potential solutions and will, if requested use a mediator’s proposal to break an impasse.
Arizona State Univeristy College of Law (Now known as Sandra day O’Conner College of Law) Juris Doctor 1988-1991.
$1,900 for 1/2 day (4-hour minimum booking). $450 per hour thereafter.
$3,600 for full day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) .