Feedback like this is what keeps me motivated to keep going in this business: I was referred to Venky by a common friend fourteen months into my divorce case involving custody of a child. I only wish I met Venky as soon as I decided to file for a divorce. Venky, unlike an attorney, performed … Continue reading One happy client!
This was the first time I did a mediation where the parties were Spanish speakers of Mexican origin. One side had very rudimentary English while the other side was somewhat more fluent. One of the parties was represented by a bi-lingual attorney (and luckily that was the party with the rudimentary English) while the … Continue reading Language no barrier to a settlement …..
For the first time ever, I performed a mediation where was one of the parties was not present in person but chose to participate by phone. One would think that this would be a major handicap in having an effective mediation. But then every mediation is different and I so proceeded without any preconceived notions. … Continue reading One party absent – but matter still settled!
The mediation which appeared to be close to settlement failed (and ended my 100% settlement record!) – and as I realized long ago, you learn a lot more lessons from a single failure than from many successes. Following are the main reasons why this mediation failed: Parties had a new incident between them during the … Continue reading Finally one that got away …..
This was the first mediation that I had conducted where it did not conclude on the same day. The reason was one of the parties suddenly informed me at around 11:30 pm that he had to leave at 1:30 pm. In this particular case, both parties had attorneys but chose to attend mediation without attorneys, … Continue reading This episode to be continued ….
Got recognized yesterday by SMU’s Conflict Resolution Center for my successful mediation efforts on their behalf …
This mediation started off appearing to be pretty straight forward. The parties had Temporary Orders in place which they were following for almost a year. And both parties confirmed that things were going pretty well and neither side had any complaints about the other. The problem was that one side just wanted to convert the … Continue reading What appeared to be a sprint turned into a marathon …
Typically, when parties come to mediation, it is pretty much expected that there would have at least some “bad blood” between them, since they are in the middle of a conflict. However, in this case, actual blood had been spilt because one party had actually shot the other! Prima facie, it would look like that … Continue reading A settlement despite bloodshed!
In the process of facilitating another settlement (and maintaining my 100% record!), I learnt another lesson. Situation appeared to be pretty straight forward. Both sides were represented by attorneys who had been in communication for some time attempting to reach a negotiated settlement. However, the discussion seemed have got stuck at some point due to … Continue reading One more settlement – and another lesson learned …
Today I settled one more dispute – in this case, my estimate that the matter could be settled in less than a full day (based on the information that I had reviewed ahead of time in the intake forms) turned out to be accurate – we started at 9:30 am and we were done around … Continue reading Still at 100%!