Overcoming Communication Breakdown By Finding Common Ground

Communication breakdown often leads to the doorway of anger, resentment, hostility, and the filing of a lawsuit. Often this doorway leads a prospective client to a member of the local bar. They sit down and together they discuss the merits of a potential lawsuit.Today’s top law schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Pepperdine (to name a few) are training law students to act not only as advocates but are going a new step further to train students to “problem solve” versus litigation. Law schools are now embracing negotiation via Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Seasoned members of the bar are also finding benefits in utilizing ADR as to reestablishing communications and resolving conflicts earlier instead of waiting to settle on the courthouse steps.

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