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Preparing Your Mediator for Mediation

A great mediator is a powerful ally at mediation, a potent mix of advocate, sounding board, reality check, and counselor to your client. To be at her most effective, your mediator needs to be prepared and ready to help you with your specific case. Mediator Lee Wallace explains what you should tell your mediator, and easy ways to do it.

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Make Sure Your Mediator Knows THIS
Mediators charge to review your information, so you want to give the mediator exactly what she needs — no more and no less. Just what does your mediator need to know?

Should you write a mediation brief?
When would a mediation brief help the mediator? Here’s how to decide whether to prepare a mediation brief.

Easy Ways to Write a Mediation Brief
By following these simple steps, you can write an effective mediation brief in a fraction of the time you think.

How to Mediate When You Hate the Other Side – Part 1
Sometimes litigation becomes very bitter, with hard feelings on all sides. How do you mediate when the litigation has gone sour and the lawyers and/or the clients are at loggerheads?

How to Mediate When You Hate the Other Side – Part 2
When litigation turns bitter and contentious, it can seem nearly impossible to settle. Here’s what to do to keep the other side’s boorish behavior from getting in the way of a reasonable settlement that could benefit your client. The second of a two-part series, this article includes tips for getting your mediator involved in decreasing the animosity as the parties talk settlement.

How to Mediate When the Other Side Hates Your Client: 3 Things to Do Before Mediation Gets Started
If the other side has strong, negative feelings about your client, those feelings can get in the way of settlement. Here’s how to help everyone put the personal animosity aside in order to rationally and logically evaluate the option of settlement.


Lee’s peers have named her a Georgia SuperLawyer every year for two decades.