Mediation Involves Voluntary, Confidential And Nonbinding Negotiations For Dispute Resolution
With mediation, a neutral party acts as a facilitator between two disputing parties. Before proceeding to file a lawsuit, the parties make a voluntary effort to resolve the dispute through a settlement agreement. This method of dispute resolution has proven useful in minimizing the costs and time associated with a lawsuit.
Sharma Mediation & Arbitration, Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin, assists clients in mediation either as an advocate representing them before a mediator or acting in the capacity as a neutral mediator. Attorney Jaya Sharma is a certified mediator and has extensive experience working with clients on alternative dispute resolution.
Call 608-729-4925 to discuss how we can provide assistance in resolving your dispute.
Six Reasons People Consider Mediation
Mediation can be an effective way to resolve your dispute instead of suing the other party in court. Here are six reasons you might want to consider mediation for your case:
- Cost savings — In mediation the parties split the cost of the mediator whereas in litigation the court costs, filing fees, discovery fees, attorney fees and other costs are often far higher than the cost of a good mediator.
- Speed — Mediation can be a more expeditious means of resolving a dispute, often taking less time to provide a resolution than it takes a court case to be brought to trial.
- Privacy — Typically mediation proceedings are confidential whereas a courtroom battle is conducted in a public forum with a public record.
- Flexible options — If the dispute is not resolved to your satisfaction you maintain the option to litigate.
- Impartial point of view — The mediator is an impartial facilitator who works with both parties in assisting them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their individual positions, to arrive at a settlement agreement without bias and having no personal stake in the outcome.
- Preserves relationships — Resolving a dispute through mediation is also less confrontational since the goal is to resolve the disagreement amicably, which helps to preserve the working relationship between the parties involved.
Types Of Disputes Mediated
Attorney Sharma often focuses on commercial and noncommercial disputes between contractors and subcontractors and also offers mediation for the following types of cases:
- Infrastructure project disputes
- Homeowner and commercial building construction conflicts
- Unfair contract termination
- Lemon law issues
- Workplace harassment and discrimination
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) infractions
- E-discovery disagreements involving electronically stored information