Trial Lawyers and Mediators Host First Litigator Mediator Forum

It was my honor to co-emcee the first Litigator Mediator Forum on April 1, 2021. Nearly 60 judges, litigators and mediators came together via Zoom to discuss new and innovative ideas for making mediations more efficient and productive. The partnership created between the Trial and Mediation Sections of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, (HCBA), was even more important this year due to the backlog of over 1.5 million cases caused by the pandemic which is currently challenging Florida courts. The Forum was led by a panel of three trial lawyers and three mediators. The trial lawyers, who were chosen for their...

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How to Successfully Mediate Employment Claims

Working in employment law for 30 years as a trial lawyer, in-house counsel, and now as a mediator, had left me feeling that I had seen it all.  Nothing prepared me, however, for the year-long interruption of civil trials caused by Covid-19.  Employer and employee litigants were left without the means to resolve employment claims in court.  The consequent backlog of civil lawsuits has led parties to utilize mediation in greater numbers.  Because employment claims are more complex than other types of litigation, success at mediation requires counsel to carefully choose the right time, the right mediator, and the right...

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