Alec Wisner

Alec Wisner
Since forming Wisner Dispute Resolution Services in 2003, Alec Wisner has been using his unique and diverse background to assist hundreds of clients successfully resolve their disputes. Thoroughly trained in all aspects of mediation, especially in the areas of divorce and family mediation as well as commercial mediation, Alec provides both an understanding of the underlying issues and an ability to facilitate positive communication.

Another Day, Another Marvin

Today, I conducted a very contentious six hour mediation.  The rubric of the case was legal malpractice.  The underlying case involved a suit by the live-in girlfriend of a deceased celebrity, under Marvin, for quasi-contractual recovery of as much as $2...

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Mediation Happens When You Least Expect It

Because many of you reading this are professionals in the ADR field, professionals who utilize ADR, and/or people who have a personal interest in mediation, it becomes habitual to think of mediation as a process by which a trained professional sits down with two...

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The Joys of Giving

At this time of year, everybody including myself writes paeans to the gratitude we’re supposed to feel during this holiday season. We opine that gratitude should not be a seasonal thing. All true, of course. But I want to remind all of us in the business of...

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Ken, Doug and Other Inspirational Mediators

I just returned from San Diego, where I spent most of last week at the annual convention of the Association for Dispute Resolution (ACR), a leading international group of arbitrators, mediators (commercial, family, community, etc), and peacemakers of all stripes....

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Making Settlements Last

A settlement is meaningless if the parties don’t respect it. Parties who don’t respect settlements simply see breach as another cost of doing business, accepting further litigation if they see the overall result to be profitable. An all too common example...

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Welcome to the Rest of My Life

As I enter September, I feel as though a series of enormous weights has finally been lifted from my back; I hope that I’ve come to the end of my annus horribilus.My sorry tale began in late January of this year when I developed my customary winter cough. I say...

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Why I Mediate

Since I began my mediation career just seven years ago, the question that I have heard, almost continuously, from professional friends and acquaintances, personal friends, and from relatives, has been: “Alec, why in the world are you mediating?” There’s always a...

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Uncertainty Drives Conflict Resolution

After many years of mediating litigated cases, I find that several threads continually recur. Among the most pervasive are the following: • Attorneys believe that their analysis of the case is superior to that of their opponent • Parties believe that the opposing...

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Mediating Commercial Relationships

In mediating commercial disputes, once all of the frills are striped away, the dispute is very typically about money. The money can evince itself in a number of ways: one side paying the other cash; one side paying the other in specific performance; one side paying...

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