Lawyers and Offers and Handshakes (Oh my!!!)

The good folks at RoundPoint Mortgage Services asked me to join them at their Lunch & Learn Series today. They wanted to hear about what I’ve learned in my 30 years as a… Continue reading

Anytime of the year is a good time for “good practices” in Mediation

Sometimes, some things just fall through the cracks. Way back in January, I sent out an e-newsletter to those attorneys, and insurance and business professionals, that are on my “Mediation Minute” email list.… Continue reading

Giving “THANKS” for Six Lessons from Music City…

Last week, I had the great pleasure of participating in the ABA’s 11th Annual Advanced Mediation and Negotiating Skills Institute in Nashville. There was a HUGE amount of very valuable information and insight… Continue reading


Happy to be in Nashville for the ABA’s 11th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute… Details have included Preparation for Mediation, the Importance of Opening Sessions, Advocacy During Private Caucus, and Getting… Continue reading

Who should attend your next mediation?

More than 20 years ago, in January 1992, veteran litigator and mediator extraordinaire Andy Little convened the first settlement conference under the authority of the newly enacted “Rules Implementing Statewide Mediated Settlement Conferences in Superior Court Civil… Continue reading

Heard any good stories lately? Sometimes a good story or fitting analogy is all you need to turn the tide…

The poet Emily Dickinson was not a litigator.  So far as I know, she was never involved in any lawsuit of any kind. But her poet’s eye into our sensitive and sometimes frail human… Continue reading

Take a summer break to review “best practices” for mediation prep

      You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  As the CLE or luncheon speaker offers this “pearl of wisdom” you nod in agreement, but you also might mutter to yourself: “I… Continue reading

Keeping the summer heat DOWN at mediations

As another hot summer cranks up, it may be time to take an updated look at how to keep hot tempers from derailing your next mediation.  So what are the best options for… Continue reading