emotional due process

Satisfying our clients’ emotional due process needs

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Processes, Dispute Resolution Resources

Emotional due process. What is that, exactly? This notion – emotional due process – jumped out at me when I recently came across it in a report about the September 2018 Global Collaborative Law Council’s (GCLC) annual conference. GCLC President Melanie Atha, a lawyer from Birmingham, Alabama, noted that Collaborative Law can satisfy the need clients in a dispute have …

collaborative process

Why wouldn’t you work together to solve your legal problem?

adminDRC Collaborative Processes

Collaborate. Collaboration. Collaborative. In the business world, in medicine, high technology, healthcare, engineering, education, aeronautics, manufacturing, public service, first responders, military defense, invention – in just about every field of endeavor, we see this word popping up over and over again. Pick up a copy of Fast Company magazine and browse it and you will see that word in some …

Fr. Daja Davidian

How a priest helped shape a lawyer and mediator. Remembering the pastor of my youth.

Michael Zeytoonian Perspectives

When people think about what goes into the training of a lawyer and a mediator, the contribution of one’s pastor is probably not on the list of ingredients. There’s law school, there’s training and direction from veteran lawyers, reading laws, cases, court decisions and continuing legal education, all shaping the legal mind. But the people our lives cross paths with …

workplace dispute mediation

Thinking about using mediation to resolve your employment dispute without going through litigation first?

Michael Zeytoonian Employment Law, Mediation

Recently I got a call from a small business employer. He knew I was an employment lawyer and that I represent small, closely-held or family businesses and that I was also a mediator handling all kinds of business, workplace or community disputes. He had received a letter from a lawyer representing one of his employees alleging sexual harassment in the …

The Time for Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) has come

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Processes

There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices:  They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on. This essentially amounted to what professionals refer to as the typical default responses of most people – …

Dispute Resolution Alternatives

Why I believe in Dispute Resolution Alternatives

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Processes

I believe in the value of Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) for clients that are in disputes. I believe in them because I have used them, seen them work well, and because they make so much sense. I believe in them because they are not adversarial by nature. They do not divide, separate and drive people apart; instead they work to …

situational dispute resolution

What happens when you don’t do what the situation calls for…? (whether resolving disputes or coaching the Patriots in the Super Bowl)

Michael Zeytoonian Perspectives

Every year, the Super Bowl provides us with great lessons and a great game. This year was no exception as the Patriots and Eagles played in an exciting shootout that literally came down to the last play. But the game’s outcome may have been decided by something other than who had the last chance to score. It’s easy to be …

one slice left

Is an adversarial process our best and highest good? The case for early mediation

Michael Zeytoonian Dispute Resolution Resources, Mediation

Disputes are a part of life.  On all levels, in most relationships, we disagree about things. Disputes come up between spouses, siblings, parents & children, business partners, political parties/views, employers & employees, economic classes, races, genders, age groups, ethnic groups, religious denominations, and on and on.  Unless we are mindless clones or in a controlled society, conflict is normal and …