A Good Mediator Gets Results
Mediation can be the olive branch that avoids full-scale litigation. It’s quicker and less costly, and the participants have a direct say in the outcome. But mediation does not automatically yield results. The parties must be committed, and the mediator plays a critical role. It matters who is running the show.
A good mediator is not merely a passive observer. Effective mediators know when to chime in to add value to the discussion or to prevent negotiations from going off the rails. If you are considering mediation (or if you are counsel and encouraging your client to try mediation), Jason Turner is a trained and experienced mediator with a track record of results.
Jason Turner mediates business and civil disputes in Orange County and beyond. Call 949-744-5030 to discuss his services.
Experienced Trial Lawyer And Mediator
As a litigator with 20 years of experience, Jason Turner well knows the pitfalls and disadvantages of litigation. Going to court is a risk-reward gamble. It’s a huge distraction. It burns bridges. And the cost can be so high that even when you win, you lose.
Jason’s insights as a trial lawyer make him an effective mediator. He can anticipate the sticking points and steer the negotiations in a fruitful direction. He can provide cautionary tales and practical perspectives. He can analyze the facts and the positions of each party to suggest viable compromises and solutions. Jason is trained in mediation and also regularly serves as an arbitrator and referee (special master). He has in-depth experience in construction contract disputes, which are often amenable to mediation.
The Benefits Of Mediating
Mediation is preferable to litigation in numerous ways:
- Cost – Mediation is significantly less expensive than litigation.
- Timeliness – Mediation occurs on your timeline rather than being at the mercy of a backlogged court docket. It is typically much quicker, often resolved in a few sessions.
- Stress reduction – Mediation avoids the animosity, gamesmanship and uncertainty of litigation.
- Privacy – Mediation sessions are not open to the public or public record.
- Solutions – Rather than putting your fate in the hands of a judge, you have considerable control over the end result.
The mediator cannot give legal advice but can clarify points of law. Depending on the parameters (which you agree to beforehand), your legal counsel may or may not be present during the sessions.
The downside of mediation is that it is nonbinding. There are no penalties for failing to reach an agreement, other than the time and expense invested. Even when mediation “fails” it usually succeeds in clarifying the issues and resolving some of the disputes. In fact, mediation can be effective for resolving targeted disputes within a broader lawsuit or conflict. With the guidance of a savvy mediator, mediation can be tailored to your specific situation and goals.
Ready To Explore Mediation?
Whether the court has ordered mediation or you are proactively seeking alternative dispute resolution, the Law Office of Jason E. Turner, APC, can make a positive difference in the process and the result. Call the firm’s Irvine office at 949-744-5030 for a free initial consultation or contact the firm online.