If You Want Your “Day in Court”, Don’t Go to Court

Michael Zeytoonian Dispute Resolution Resources, Perspectives

“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.   Here are some other common emotional responses when someone finds themselves in a dispute: “I want justice to be done.”  “The other side has to pay for what he/she/it did to …

Replacing the Affordable Care Act; How to NOT Resolve Disputes

Michael Zeytoonian Dispute Resolution Resources, Perspectives, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

President Trump and his team gave us a quick course on how not to resolve a dispute in their efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare).  Their effort and its shortcomings help to show the importance of four key ingredients to approaching dispute resolution to get a good result. Most Americans agree that the ACA has shortcomings …

Navajo Dispute Resolution, Trump’s Tweets and the Lessons of Little Big Horn

Michael Zeytoonian Dispute Resolution Resources, Perspectives

I recently read a Daily Good story about Navajo Indian peacemaking, a seven-step process focused on restoring relationships, a notion the Navajo refer to as “K’e”.  This approach has four foundational values, the four Rs: Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Reverence.  Some of the tenets of this approach to resolving disputes include the shared goal of reaching the best possible outcome …

A word about “Good Counsel”

Michael Zeytoonian Business, Perspectives

The first thing I noticed when I walked onto the campus of my law school was a beautiful stone chapel and the sign in front of it with its name: Our Lady of Good Counsel. It turned out that the law school shared the grounds with Our Lady of Good Counsel School. The chapel greeted people as they came up …

What if we extend these “Season’s Greetings” into how we resolve disputes?

Michael Zeytoonian Perspectives

Joy to the World.  Good tidings and light.  Shalom. The wonder and awe of a special birth of a child.  Peace on earth; good will toward men.  Heavenly peace.  Holy night.  Gloria, in excelsis Deo.  Star of Wonder; star of Light. A new year, a new beginning.  A throne of justice and righteousness.  Good cheer.  Rejoice.  Allah be praised.  Wisdom …

Tom Brady Deflategate

Tom Brady: “We have all lost”

Michael Zeytoonian Perspectives

Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s sentiments about the ordeal of “Deflategate”, a story and a litigation that needlessly lingered around for seven months, reflects Abraham Lincoln’s sentiments over 150 years ago.  Brady’s statement, reported recently in TIME magazine, came after he won his appeal of the NFL’s decision to suspend him for four games for his alleged “general knowledge” about the …

Is this the best dispute resolution we can do?

Michael Zeytoonian Perspectives

A few weeks ago, there was a picture in Time magazine’s “LightBox” section (2/16/2015 issue), depicting the city of Kobani, Syria, days after Kurdish forces had recaptured the city from ISIS. In the picture were the remains of dozens of bombed out buildings in ruin, as far as the lens could reach. There were only two people in the picture, …