FROM MEDIATOR CARLA COTROPIA: THOUGHTS FOR CLIENTS WHO HAVE NEVER ATTENDED MEDIATION

Published March 24, 2015

As a mediator, I work with many clients who have never attended mediation. Here are some helpful thoughts about what to expect:

  • There is no reason to be nervous. I will make sure that the experience is a positive one for you. This is simply a process that allows me to see if there is a way to resolve your case.
  • You should know that this is not a trial and it will not be combative. I will be working my hardest to see if there is a settlement of your case that will work for all sides.
  • You will not be cross examined since it is NOT a trial. However, it can be a tiring experience since you are actively listening and working with your attorney.
  • You do not need to dress up. You should wear something comfortable.
  • I will talk with each side separately before we begin. Thereafter, everyone will be in one room for an Opening. An Opening is important. In a way it breaks the ice and begins the process of seeing if there is a way to end the conflict. You will not need to say or do anything in the Opening. Your lawyer will give a brief overview of your case.
  • After the Opening, each side will retire to their separate rooms for the remainder of the day. I will go back and forth between the rooms with one goal in mind, and that goal is to see if there is a way to settle the case. What we say in each room will be confidential unless I am instructed that I can take that information to the other side.
  • One important thing to know: I believe food is important, so we will have a nice lunch.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you to find a positive solution to your lawsuit.

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