Seattle Mediation

Going to court is the most time consuming and expensive way to resolve any dispute. At JBSL, we offer experienced counsel to serve as mediators and arbitrators to help parties resolve disputes more quickly and cost effectively.

Mediation is nothing more nor less than the conduct of settlement talks through the use of an intermediary. The process typically works because (a) it brings all parties together at one time in one location, thus facilitating negotiations and (b) most people want to settle in order to avoid the cost of litigating and to eliminate the chance that they might lose.

Choosing when to mediate a case involves a tradeoff between cost (the earlier it is done, the greater the chance of saving money on attorneys fees) and knowledge (the earlier it is done, the less you will know about your opponent's case).

Much depends on the type of case that is involved. Where the dollar value is relatively small (does not threaten viability of any party) and the facts are fairly well known, there is no reason that early mediation cannot be successful. Where the stakes are larger, the facts not so apparent, and the parties numerous, it stands to reason that the chances of settlement will be better after the parties have engaged in some discovery (at least an exchange of relevant documents). People don't like to make major decisions in the dark.

Mediation is not a trial. You and your client do not need to know all the facts before making an intelligent choice to settle, but you do need to understand the basis for the other party's position and for your own. Perhaps the lesson to be taken is just this: don't rush into mediation without knowing your client's case, and don't wait too long to learn it. The optimal timing will depend on the size and nature of the case.

Please contact a Seattle mediator or arbitrator at JBSL today:

Henry Jameson:

After 40 years practicing as a trial attorney, Henry Jameson now serves exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator helping third parties resolve their disputes. Mr. Jameson is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been listed as one of the areas' top lawyers in Seattle Magazine (2001 and 2007), Washington CEO (2006) and Washington Law and Politics (1999-2016).

Bruce Babbitt:

Bruce Babbitt is a graduate of the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law's intensive course "Mediating the Litigated Case." He has also completed training offered by the American Arbitration Association. He is retained by General Contractors, Subcontractors and Owners to mediate construction and development related claims. He recently mediated to settlement a multi-million dollar highway construction claim.