Phyllis Phillips is a trained mediator and former administrative law judge with decades-long experience in Vermont’s workers’ compensation law. Her approach to mediation is grounded not only in her ability to identify and address disputed legal issues but also in her facilitative communication skills.Phyllis Phillips
Navigating the intricacies of Vermont’s workers’ compensation law can be difficult. When disputes arise, resolving them quickly and inexpensively benefits everyone. That’s why Vermont’s law requires mediation in every disputed workers’ compensation claim.Workers' Compensation
Mediation offers the parties to a disputed workers’ compensation claim an opportunity to explore settlement possibilities in a non-threatening atmosphere. And they control the outcome as well. Mediation is quick, inexpensive, and, for most people, a satisfying rather than debilitating experience.Mediation Process
Litigation is all about legal issues. The “answer” to a litigated dispute is based entirely on the applicable statute or law. Most often, one party wins and the other party loses; there is no in-between.
In contrast, the give-and-take flow of a mediated process encourages brainstorming, collaboration, and creative problem solving. For this reason, I stand with most litigants in preferring it to formal hearing or court proceedings.