Tel:  (818) 889-2968

Mediation Process | Our Services | Mediation Concept | Litigate or Mediate

Mediation Services
Meet the Mediators


Mediation is a process used to resolve disputes. A mediator brings parties together to assist them in developing their own solution. It allows the parties to maintain control of their dispute and determine their own agreements. It often is a faster and less expensive way to address differences.

Mediators are neutral, unbiased third parties who facilitate negotiations. They have no interest in the outcome of the conflict.



  Litigate or Mediate, That is the question


The below quotations will provide you with the answer

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser, in fees, and expenses, and waste of time. As a peace-maker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good person. There will still be business enough.”(1)

"The existing judicial system is too costly; too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for a truly civilized people. . . . Reliance on the adversarial process as the principal means of resolving conflicts is a mistake that must be corrected. . . For some disputes, trials will be the only means, but for many claims, trial by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood."(2)

This sage advice was given by the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, a great lawyer in his own right and by the Late Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Warren E. Burger. These should be the watchwords for every dispute that comes across an attorney’s desk, and as importantly, arises before attorneys are even involved.

These quotes were of course at a time when the legal system was not nearly as costly as it is today. Costs have risen at alarming rates, courts force parties to appear for numerous hearings, and the reason for all of these expenses is to drive the neutral mediation and settlement process.

Not only does mediation have the potential to save the parties a great deal of money, but it also frees the parties of the extremely emotional and sometimes devastating effect of arduous depositions and a possible trial. We know that even some lawyers become emotionally involved in their client’s cases, and many times dread the preparation for and process of trial. Mediation is a step that may totally resolve your case, or at least help you to come to resolution of some issues. In either case, and even if no resolution is achieved, it at least gives the parties and lawyers an opportunity to talk to the other side and may even flesh out parts of the case otherwise not possible. Mediation is a win for both parties and inexpensive way to achieve your goals.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God (3)

Should you mediate with Southern California Mediation Partners rather than commence or continue litigation, the answer is clearly yes! 

1. Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1832-1858, 1989, The Library of America, pages 245-246.

2.  Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.

3.  Matthew 5:9

[Mediation Process] [Our Services] [Mediation Concept] [Litigate or Mediate]


Southern California Mediation Partners, LLC.  © 2009-2017  All rights reserved

Powered by Allied Services Group, LLC