Jeffrey Makoff is a business litigation and mediation partner in Valle Makoff LLP, San Francisco. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. He is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Hastings College of the Law.
“Private Caucusing” In Civil Pretrial Mediations(11/22/13)
Two California litigators-mediators challenge the dominant "private caucusing" mediation method, based upon principles and best practices now being taught at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. The authors observe that private caucus mediation or "shuttle diplomacy" is often ineffective in achieving early settlements and argue that skillfully-conducted joint sessions should replace private caucusing in most cases.