Winning in California Mandatory Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration

According to a study by Steele and Nimmer, the top two concerns that clients have about their attorneys are that fees are too high, and that performance is delayed.  Perhaps because of this, the California Legislature passed laws in 1978 requiring that the State Bar establish a fee arbitration program. It may also establish a …

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Negative Sum Games: Situations That Destroy Value

While most people attend a mediation or negotiation hoping to walk away with the most possible value, when the goodwill between the parties breaks down, they may leave the table with little to nothing to show for their work.  When both parties leave the table feeling as though they have “lost” and leave the value …

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Lee Jay Berman accepted into Who’s Who in ADR

Who’s Who in ADR is an Invitation-Only Worldwide Roster of Top Caliber Mediators and Arbitrators Who Exemplify ADR Excellence.  November 14th, 2022 Irvine, California — One of America’s most respected ADR trainers, coaches, and mediators, Lee Jay Berman of American Institute of Mediation and Mediation Offices of Lee Jay Berman, has been accepted into the inaugural …

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Morton’s Resolution Model: The Resolution of Conflict

Conflict is often painted in a bad light.  It can make people feel uneasy and often contributes to the breakdown of relationships. However, not all conflict is destructive, and there are times when conflict may be beneficial for a situation or relationship.  The idea that conflict will have either constructive or destructive results is the …

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Structural Barriers to Good Communication and Agreement

Structural Barriers to Communication - ADR Times

Communication is an important part of any workplace or group setting, and a key component of reaching agreements.  When communication is healthy, a workplace or group can be productive and reach its objective.  When communication breaks down, other aspects of the workplace begin to fall apart as well.  In some cases, communication breaks down as …

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How Mediation Works

How Mediation Works

A book by Stephen Goldberg, Jeanne Brett, Beatrice Blohorn-Brenneur, and Nancy Rogers presents a concise primer on what participants can expect from the mediation process. As academics, the authors ground their discussion in theory, starting with an explanation of the differences between conflicts and disputes and how disputes can be resolved regarding power, rights, and …

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Transformative Moments in Commercial Mediation

Transformative Moments in Commercial Mediation

Mediation is a dynamic process. This can mean stepping back, leaning out, and adopting a process that empowers the parties to set their own agenda and seek outcomes that may greatly vary from the objectives set forth in the briefs by lawyers who are trained as advocates more than problem-solvers. In disputes where distributive bargaining …

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Improve the Chances Your Mediation Will Be a Success

Improve the Chances Your Mediation Will Be a Success

The vast majority of legal disputes aren’t ended due to a trial. But, at some point, the parties reach a mutually agreeable compromise, and the dispute is resolved. Mediation is one way to help parties reach an agreement if they can’t do it themselves. Attorney Richard Shore, writing in Forbes, has these ideas to help increase …

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Confusing Dispute Resolution Jargon

Confusing Dispute Resolution Jargon

In response to my question, “Do you use “BATNA” wrong?,” I plead guilty with an explanation. With the patient teaching of my friends, Hiro Aragaki and Sanda Kaufman, I have come to see the error of my ways. I was concerned because BATNA – the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement – has become part of the vernacular, …

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Mediation’s Higher Calling: Feel the Love

What is Mediation? There are many benefits to mediation, including spiritual and emotional, according to an article written by Dr. Denisha Shah. Attorneys who use the mediation process may focus on the more immediate benefits (ideally, a case settles and a file closes). Still, there are more extensive benefits that all participants may benefit from. …

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