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 …

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 …

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 …

cross-examination

Let’s cross-examine the case before we decide to file that lawsuit

Michael Zeytoonian Primary Care Law, Primary Dispute Resolution (PDR)

I think it’s a good idea for people who find themselves in a dispute to do some cross-examining before they file a lawsuit.  Sounds odd, right?  After all, based on what we know about litigation and how the legal process works from what we see on TV and in the movies, cross-examination is the high point of the lawsuit; it’s …

Ask your lawyer for “PDR” and help make the “Alternative” the “Primary”

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

We use different approaches like mediation, collaborative law, conciliation, case evaluation and our own Integrated Dispute Resolution (“IDR”) to help people solve their problem and we tailor that approach to the specific situation and circumstances of the people in that particular dispute.