Mediation can be an informal and confidential way to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral mediator who is trained to assist in the negotiation process. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong or issue a decision. Instead, the mediator helps the parties work through their own solutions.
At CPM, we see mediation as a unique opportunity to interrupt the non-communication “war preparation” phase of a dispute and compel the other side to sit in a quasi-formal setting and devote a pre-determined amount of attention to your side of the story. It is the opportunity to display both the strengths of your position and weaknesses in their position that they may not be fully aware of. It is the opportunity to give the other party the reasons why it is in their best interest to avoid the time, expense and effort of a prolonged litigation or arbitration, and settle the dispute now.