Mediation & Arbitration
I see mediation as a powerful means of resolving legal issues. Mediation can be applied to most of his practice (no bankruptcy, technically), so this should explain how mediation works and why it is useful. He works to find “opportunities for collaboration, compromise, and forward momentum”
At Law Offices of Maxwell Charles Livingston, I work to help you resolve your legal issues as efficiently and effectively as possible. When we sit down to discuss your matter, we will discuss whether an alternative form of dispute resolution like mediation or arbitration is right for you.
Academic And Practical Experience
I have the background and experience to assist you with mediation or arbitration. I have served as a court-appointed mediator, I was trained by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Janine Geske as mediator. In addition to my law degree, I have a graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution from a top-10 legal dispute resolution program in the country.
I have handled numerous contract and employment law disputes as a mediator and I have the understanding of the process and procedure to provide the effective help you want when resolving your dispute.
Why Choose Mediation
- Flexible: Because the parties create the resolution, they can literally do whatever they can agree to. Judges are limited by court rules and statutes on the type of relief they can offer. This allows for innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions. And because they develop and agree, they are more likely to comply with the terms of the agreement.
- Confidential: Mediation is not a public trial and the information discussed can remain confidential. This can aid in resolving issues where public or reputational embarrassment could occur with a trial of a sexual harassment allegation in an employment setting. It also protects confidential financial information during business disputes.
- Efficient: Mediation can resolve a dispute in a day or two. This compares to months or years of litigation in the courts. Court dockets are very congested, meaning waits of weeks or months for hearing and resolving motions, as well as the extended period discovery can consume in a complex case. Mediation is not tied to the rules of civil procedure, allowing much less formal discussion of information and greatly speeds up the process.
What A Mediator Does
In mediation, the mediator is a facilitator. They neither represent either party nor to issue an order or force the parties to agree to something. They work with each party, helping them to understand the law and the other side’s issues or concerns.
I have a master’s degree in dispute resolution and am a certified mediation in Wisconsin, and can bring the ‘new perspective’ that can all allow parties to a dispute to arrive at a consensus and resolve their dispute.
Start With A Plan To Settle Your Dispute
Your dispute is likely to settle and not go to a judge for a final judgment. The bottom line for civil litigation in the United States: Almost all cases eventually settle—more than 90 percent of most civil litigation settles before a verdict/final judgment. This is because trials bring great risk. You cede the decision authority to a judge or jury. You could receive a 100% victory or a 100% loss. The question is “do you feel lucky?”
By starting with a mediation focus, you may arrive at exactly the same solution that an 18 month period of litigation may achieve, but at the cost of 18 months of attorney fees, discovery costs, the stress of the process and distraction from other parts of your life/business. There are always matters where trial litigation is necessary, but for a great many disputes, mediation delivers a superior result.
Contact Me Today
Using alternative dispute resolution like mediation or arbitration can save you time, money and stress and still achieve the result you need.. Call my New Berlin office at 262-661-7915 or use my online contact form to set up a meeting.