Massachusetts Bar Association’s Conflict Resolution Week & Day Celebration October 16-20

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Law, Dispute Resolution Resources, Mediation

An annual national tradition in the legal community is the celebration of “Conflict Resolution Week” (CRW) and “Conflict Resolution Day” (CRD) on the third week and the third Thursday of October respectively.  This tradition reportedly started here in New England by the New England Association for Conflict Resolution (NE-ACR).  It is a week and a day to shine a spotlight …

The Case for Early Mediation; Part II of II

Michael Zeytoonian Audio, Case Evaluation, Collaborative Law, Collaborative Processes, Dispute Resolution Resources, Mediation, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

In our last blog post, the first in this two-part post about the case for early mediation, we discussed traditional, post-discovery mediation and its role as essentially an alternative to trial.  In this post, we look at the kind of mediation we are proponents of – early mediation (we call ours “3-D Mediation”) – used either as an alternative to …

The Case for Early Mediation; Part I of II

Michael Zeytoonian Audio, Case Evaluation, Collaborative Law, Collaborative Processes, Dispute Resolution Resources, Mediation, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

Before We Talk About Mediation and the Value of Early Mediation, Let’s Start with Two Key Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Dispute: How quickly do you want to get your dispute resolved? Is most of the relevant information needed to resolve your dispute the kind that is (a) freely available or ascertainable and (b) are the parties willing and …

Resolving a Dispute is like Traveling…

Michael Zeytoonian Case Evaluation, Collaborative Law, Collaborative Processes, Dispute Resolution Resources, Mediation, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

Resolving a Dispute is Like Traveling, Writing a Business Plan, or Choosing a Course of Medical Treatment: If you take the wrong road, you won’t get the result you want. My friend Liz Ferris, a marketing consultant who works with lawyers around the world, has often given us this simple but often overlooked advice: “If you want to achieve your …

Beyond Arbitration and Mediation: Designing the Dispute Resolution Process to Fit the Situation

Michael Zeytoonian Business, Collaborative Law, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

Posted: October 25, 2016 in the Boston Bar Journal. We live in a specialized world, one in which access to information is so overwhelming that there literally is “an app for that” to satisfy even the most specific and narrow of needs. Yet, until recently, the legal profession’s response to the increasingly tailored needs of our clients has been to …

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Active exchange on mediation and ADR at Suffolk Law School

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Law, Mediation, News Articles

Three experienced ADR practitioners recently joined Suffolk University School of Law Professor Ericka Gray for panel presentation on mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) attended by second and third year Suffolk Law students.  The program is part of a series of presentations offered to the area law schools by the MBA’s ADR Committee. Christine Yurgelun, Jeffrey Stern …

Transforming disputes into transactions via Collaborative Law

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Law

When I work with people to help them resolve their disputes, I often find that they are very preoccupied with finding fault and placing blame for what has happened to trigger the dispute. We spend a lot of our energies, time and emotion – clients and lawyers alike – looking backward at what happened and seeing who we can hold …

Why our practice areas include special education cases

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Law, Dispute Resolution Resources

There is a personal reason and a law practice philosophy reason why we represent clients – parents and families of special education children – in disputes involving special education matters and include this area of practice in our services. The personal reason is that I’ve gotten to know some of these people and the challenges they face when they are …