Most lawsuits end by settlement. Mediation is increasingly being relied upon as the court’s preferred mode for reaching a settlement. Therefore, instead of being thought of as an adjunct to the “normal” litigation process, mediation needs to be better integrated into the standard procedure for processing lawsuits. Let’s start with the courthouse itself. Since most cases are never going to be resolved by trial or any other sort of courtroom procedure, why do we even call it a courthouse? Why not call it, say, a dispute resolution center? Why start the process by filing a complaint? Would it not make more sense to initiate a dispute resolution proceeding by serving one’s adversary with a paper called something like a “notice […]
Joseph C. Markowitz
Joseph C. Markowitz has published this blog, focusing on mediation and other forms of conflict resolution, since 2009. Mr. Markowitz practices law under the name "Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz," sharing space with three other attorneys in downtown Los Angeles. He has been in practice since 1980, emphasizing employment law, intellectual property, and general business disputes. Mr. Markowitz was trained as a mediator in 1994, and has served on one state court and two federal court mediation panels, in addition to handling private mediations. He also served as president of the Southern California Mediation Association in 2014.
For more information about Mr. Markowitz’s law and dispute resolution practice, go to jcmarkowitz.com