For information about Dana Curtis’ availability and to schedule a mediation, contact her office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.331.5158. After a mediation is scheduled, Ms. Curtis will send counsel a letter confirming the mediation, scheduling a pre-mediation telephone conference and requesting the deposit of estimated fees required to reserve a mediation date. She will also send a Mediation and Confidentiality Agreement to be signed by counsel and the parties.
Ms. Curtis routinely consults with counsel together and separately before mediation to address logistics, to insure the parties' preparedness and to discuss the approach best-suited to the dispute. The initial joint pre-mediation discussion typically includes:
Counsel typically submit and exchange mediation statements one week before the mediation session. Mediation statements commonly include discussions of the following topics:
Mediation sessions proceed according to a plan counsel and Ms. Curtis develop in the pre-mediation call. Typically, the mediation begins with a joint session, sometimes simply to introduce the participants and discuss procedures for the session. In other cases, participants remain together to exchange perspectives on the dispute and information they believe will contribute to resolution. When business or personal relationships are integral to the dispute, joint sessions provide a forum for parties to address the dispute in ways that allow closure or in some cases reconciliation.
At some point, parties and their lawyers may decide to meet confidentially with Ms. Curtis to discuss, for example:
Most disputes resolve in a single mediation session. If they do not, Ms. Curtis follows up to encourage further negotiation or to explore future opportunities to resume discussions, either in-person or by phone. It is highly unusual for disputes to remain unresolved with Ms. Curtis' continued attention and encouragement.
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