My commitment to mediation as the most effective way to resolve disputes has been longstanding. During my tenure as a workers’ compensation administrative law judge, I witnessed firsthand how unsatisfying litigation can be. At a hearing or trial, the parties often feel like passive spectators rather than active participants. Their lawyers dictate how their stories are told and the judge controls the result. Those most affected have the least say.
Mediation is different. There, the parties have input into the process and complete control over the result. Mediation is empowering - it allows the parties to voice their concerns, explore their options and find common ground.
As an approved workers’ compensation mediator, my role is to facilitate settlement by helping the parties identify and communicate what matters most to each of them, so that they can navigate their own path to successful dispute resolution.