I have been an unaffiliated full time mediator and artbitrator for over 20 years. Without being attached to a provider organization, I can be completely flexible with the administrating, scheduling, location of the hearing, and timing to accommate the needs of the parties and counsel. Many appreciate the direct access without going through a layer of staff. My up to date calendar enables efficient scheduling. Being independent allows for low overhead, which enables me to charge rates considered lowered than most. A major difference between my rates and those associated with provider organizations is that which is retained by the provider organization. I eliminate that middle tier. My current rate is $350 an hour, which is charged for all time spend on the case, including intake and preparation.