A lot of mediators will start off a mediation with the disclaimer that, unlike a judge, they have no power to decide the case. They are merely there to help facilitate a resolution. This strikes me as an unhelpful way to begin the proceedings. It seems better to remind the parties of all of the benefits of mediation that they cannot obtain in court. For example, mediation can provide an opportunity to make arguments directly to the opposing parties, as opposed to making arguments to a neutral party like a judge. Mediation also empowers the parties to craft their own solution to the dispute, rather than placing them at the mercy of a judge. Mediation makes parties the masters of […]
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