Professional Details

Dr. Edward S. Fitch
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

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Sacramento , CA
USA
916-218-8181

Description of Practice

Dr. Fitch brings to the mediation process an unwavering commitment in guiding disputants toward understanding and realizing an amicable and lasting resolution. Mediation is a wise alternative to litigation. The considerable cost that often comes attached to litigation, including fees, disruption, delay, risk, lack of control, and other difficulties are inherent to the adversarial system and can be costly. The mediation process is about guiding parties to resolve their differences sensibly and compassionately toward a lasting and peaceful resolution. Dr. Fitch expertly utilizes his considerable conflict resolution skillset for reaching beyond the emotional component often attached to the dispute process to encourage valuable communication from participants. Dr. Fitch guides parties to identify fair, reasoned and amicable resolutions along the way. As a mediator and conflict resolution professional, Dr. Edward Fitch guides clients to identify areas of agreement. Expert guidance leads clients to see workable solutions toward crafting a final agreement regardless of perceptive differences, challenges, or a particular dispute’s complexity. Flexibility, rationality, pragmatism, individual needs, and achievement of goals remain most important in mediation; thus, the process is always malleable and customizable from one negotiated settlement to the next. Dr. Fitch is adept at solving problems within a process that demands active listening, thoughtful communication, collaboration, understanding, persistence, and creativity.

Professional Background

Dr. Fitch’s full slate of experience spans numerous fields, from conflict resolution, conflict management, scientific research, academics, real estate, technology, investments to organizational development. Put into context, Dr. Fitch held multiple investment licenses in several countries including the Series-7, and at one time provided thousands of investors daily financial information over broadcast radio. He studied the equity markets at home and abroad while domiciled in S.E. Asia, and has built organizations including successful restaurants and technology from scratch, some of which developed into publicly traded entities. These along with numerous additional experiences, including inter-cultural and cross-cultural understanding and increased emotional intelligence, an associated benefit, all help in refining a conflict resolution skill-set molded around values of trust, insight, and creativity. These values are essential attributes in a mediator that together equate with disputants realizing a successful outcome that is both peaceful and lasting.

Degrees

Dr. Fitch received a Master's degree in Conflict Management and a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Conflict Management from Abilene Christian University. Dr. Fitch earned certificates in mediation, advanced mediation of marital and relationship disputes, conflict resolution and negotiation from the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution in Texas. Having invested thousands of hours researching the concept of trust, including building and maintaining a valuable swift trust perception while respecting individual differences; this exists as a unique skill that sets Dr. Fitch apart from others in the field. This skill serves his clients a distinct advantage regardless of the circumstance needing resolution.

Approach

Litigation tends to be about one-party asserting power over another, either morality or legal right or both and is dependent on the perception of the facts and the law. Rather than relying on the external perception or judgment of another party potentially obscured to the truth by a skill lawyer or bias applied to the facts or parties, Dr. Fitch, weeds through the clutter bringing into focus each party’s issues, concerns, and interests with clarity. For instance, what are the core concerns, needs, desires, goals, and fears that underlie each party's position? Once identified, the process of mediation allows a mediator to continue to probe each other's underlying core concerns, find common interests, search for creative solutions, and create value by making trade-offs of opposing and common interests ultimately arriving at a satisfactory consensus. While there are several theoretical ways to approach mediation, Dr. Fitch believes that the mediator must be adept with active listening to correctly understand and address the issues and concerns of all disputing parties effectively. All parties deserve to be heard and understood with clarity. Dr. Fitch has the life experience, training, and insight to identify and work through the emotional factors that may be getting in the way to a successful resolution. Dr. Fitch understands that productive communication among participants holds the key to a lasting resolution. Dr. Fitch fosters an environment that encourages active participation from all participants in the mediation process.

Fees

Dr. Fitch charges each party in mediation an hourly fee of $100.00 (2-hour minimum), or an optional full day of services is $700.00 per party. Fees are payable in advance of the scheduled mediation. There are no additional charges for preparation or travel time. For other work performed after the mediation session, such as crafting agreements or continued communication, Dr. Fitch charges by the hour. For purposes of training (corporate or otherwise): Dr. Fitch charges a fee of $1,500.00 per day plus travel expenses. Dr. Fitch offers community give-back and pro bono programs providing discounts to non-profit organizations, developing small businesses, Veterans, disadvantaged clients, community groups, educational and medical institutions. Please call for a free quote.

Other Information

Valuable communication is conducive with a facilitative mediation process; it genders a true understanding of the interests and issues affecting participants and contributing to their conflict. Dr. Fitch dismantles the invisible barriers whether emotional or otherwise that exist for participants that only serve to inhibit constructive change and lasting resolution. In divorces that involve children, Dr. Fitch is mindful and thoughtful for the concerns of all parties affected by the mediation process. Dr. Fitch helps clients in guiding the development of a practical, logical, and reasonable parenting plan. The successful parenting plan considers what is in the children's best interests, minimizes the adverse effects of divorce and separation, as such, the benefits derived from thoughtfully crafting a practical plan ultimately produces a workable and peaceful co-parenting arrangement. Dr. Fitch offers complete dispute resolution options including mediation, consultation, facilitation, online dispute resolution, and hybrids of all resolution processes. Dr. Fitch insures an impartial, respectful and open environment for all participants seeking a final and lasting agreement. Dr. Fitch has mediated a diverse number of cases including business, divorce, and interpersonal disputes.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Jewelry
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education
  • Securities
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator

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