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 …

Dispute Resolution for Business and Transactional Lawyers Focus of BLN June Program

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Urging business and transactional lawyers to take some dispute resolution (DR) training and add some DR expertise to their toolbox of legal skills, Michael Zeytoonian and Jeffrey Fink presented a talk on DR to the Business Lawyers Network (BLN) at its monthly meeting on June 14.  The meeting was hosted by Howard Zaharoff and Scott Connolly of Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton …

The Case for Early Mediation; Part II of II

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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

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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 …

MBA Symposium at UMASS Boston Looks at the Future of Dispute Resolution

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The trend – now and in the future – in how people, lawyers, mediators and arbitrators are approaching dispute resolution was the focus of a panel at UMASS Boston on May 19, 2017.  The panel was part of an all-day Dispute Resolution Symposium presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Dispute Resolution Section and sponsored and hosted by the UMASS …

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 …

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, …