Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC has represented clients in hundreds of mediations in order to negotiate favorable settlements to resolve cases more quickly and cost effectively. No matter what type of legal dispute you are involved in, our attorneys can help you at mediation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a dispute resolution method. The parties meet with a neutral individual who is selected by all of the parties to assist them with the negotiation process.
Mediation is a voluntary process to resolve disputes without a decision by a judge or a jury. In all every civil case in Minnesota, some form of mediation will be ordered by the judge to see if a resolution can be reached. The mediator does not make a decision for the parties. Instead, the parties communicate and work toward an agreement with the mediator’s help. We work closely with our clients throughout the mediation process to evaluate settlement offers in light of potential risks and outcomes and to help clients make a sound decision that is in their best interest.
The mediator’s role is one of strict neutrality. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties. Instead, they help make the decision-making process easier. They do not decide what is wrong or right. They do not assign blame, and they do not make a final decision like a judge or jury would. Instead, the mediator helps the disputing parties understand each other’s positions and the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case. They help eliminate communication obstacles, while moderating the process so that confrontation can be avoided. The mediator also seeks concessions from each side so that a satisfactory and fair conclusion can be met.
Benefits Of Mediation
The benefits of mediation are quite simple. They involve:
- An exploration of settlement options before or during litigation
- A much more affordable way to resolve a dispute
- An informed decision-making process that is guided by the mediator and the attorneys representing the parties
- The process is confidential
- The process is flexible
- Resolution that the parties agree upon
- An end to the dispute.