Sarah offers mediation services for individual, business or community disputes on either a flat fee or hourly fee rate schedule. More complex disputes proceed through three stages: convening and assessment, mediation, and closing and related follow up. Flat fees can be provided for the convening and closing stages. Mediation is very a flexible process and a mediator does not make decisions but instead helps facilitate discussions among parties. This FAQ shares more information about mediation.
Sarah is part of the American Arbitration Association’s panel of neutrals and provides arbitration services for business and regulatory disputes through the American Arbitration Association. Both arbitration and mediation can help you resolve disputes quickly, confidentially, and at a reasonable cost. In arbitration, the parties present their case and the arbitrator makes a decision, although the process is more flexible and less formal than litigation. You can read more about arbitration services here.
We work with clients to design dispute resolution processes and to prepare for mediations, negotiations or settlement conferences. We will also serve when needed as a party advocate in the actual mediation or negotiation. Where the most effective, efficient and complete resolution also includes the passage of legislation or action by the courts, we can draft legislation and work with your lobbyists to help secure passage, or work with trial counsel to help move the issue forward.
We take a team approach in working with our clients. We help clients define goals, set priorities, and choose the level of services they need. When resolving disputes, we work with the parties to find mutually satisfactory solutions that effectively put the dispute to rest.
We recognize that unique cases often require unique solutions. We look for innovative and creative solutions that are consistent with the needs and interests of the parties as well as the applicable law.
When we look at a matter, we do not just search for legal solutions, but pragmatic solutions that make sense to the individual or organization. Our goal is to use time efficiently, money economically, and in turn represent our clients effectively.