I have been mediating cases for over eleven years. In that time I have mediated over 2,400 cases including court ordered cases for the counties of Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Elbert counties.
Areas mediated include but are not limited to county & district civil, domestic relations and real estate disputes. Private mediations run the complete gambit of dispute resolution.
Most cases can be mediated in a couple of hours. Many mediations (over 60%) have eliminated the need for the parties to go to trial because the parties have found enough areas of agreement and compromise to resolve their problems without the need of a trial.
While it is not my role to resolve your matters, it is my role to guide through the process of determining if there is a appropriate resolution which avoids the need for litigation or a trial.
As a mediator I do not make any decisions but rather help keep the conversation moving.
On a few occasions I have arbitrated a case to resolution for the parties. I am a neutral which means I do not take sides.
On many occasions I have had parties come to mediation starting out by informing me that there is no way a resolution can be reached.
After discuss with the parties I have had the satisfaction when both sides carve out a resolution, which may not make them totally happy, but that leaves them satisfied enough that they don't need to further litigate their case or have a trial.
REMEMBER that as a mediator I don't make the decisions, you do. As an old attorney friend has told me many times, when both parties are a little unhappy you probably have a fair resolution.