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Alpert Mediation provides mediation and other conflict resolution services for small to medium-sized commercial enterprises and individuals by a trained, knowledgeable and neutral professional. Services provided include mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute-resolution services such as neutral evaluation.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process in which a trained neutral facilitator helps disputing parties or groups communicate their needs and interests to each other so that they can ultimately create a constructive solution to their own conflict. A mediator reflects back information relayed by the parties, ensuring that each side fully hears the other side’s needs, positions and interests. A mediator also asks questions, helping the parties separate facts from opinions. In summary, a mediator helps the parties identify areas on which they all agree, summarizes the concerns raised, helps the parties brainstorm settlement options, and helps them examine the various alternatives to litigation, which may include a negotiated agreement.

The mediation usually starts as a joint session with all parties present, and then continues with the mediator meeting privately with each party, in what is called a “caucus.” Attorneys for the parties may be present during the joint session and at their own client’s caucus sessions. During the caucus session, each side has an opportunity to share information privately with the mediator, and to discuss potential or actual settlement offers and possible outcomes. The mediator acts as a go-between, relaying offers to each side and helping the parties “test-drive” possible solutions. Once a settlement is reached, the parties usually formalize their understanding in a written agreement.


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