Companies that engage in commerce will inevitably find themselves embroiled in legal disputes. The challenge is then to resolve the controversy with as little disruption to operations as possible, while salvaging as much benefit as possible from the underlying transaction. Companies that accomplish these two objectives preserve resources and relationships with trade partners, enhancing their prospects of achieving their business goals. At Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC, part of our mission is to help our clients solve problems creatively and economically. One of the processes we use to fulfill this mission is mediation.
Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution where opposing parties meet with a neutral mediator, who guides them through discussions to a settlement agreement. The basic steps in the process are as follows:
There are many benefits to mediating disputes rather than resorting to a lawsuit. Mediation often helps parties to:
Business and commercial mediation has a high rate of success, but even if you don’t reach a complete settlement, mediation can narrow the scope of the issues you have to litigate, so you ultimately save time and expense.
Attorneys at our firm provide two separate types of legal services related to mediation. First, we act as counsel for business and commercial clients engaged in mediation. We act as your advocates during the process, preparing you for mediation sessions and advising you during talks.
Todd McMurtry, a Harvard-trained mediator, is also available to mediate for business and commercial disputes. Given the range of our attorneys’ experience — as counsel to healthcare providers and municipalities, as well as trusted advisors to entrepreneurs — we are well-positioned to guide discussions toward creative, mutually beneficial solutions. When you also consider our longstanding commitment to personalized services and the down-to-earth atmosphere we’ve always maintained in our comfortable offices, you can understand why Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC is the appropriate firm to manage your business and commercial mediation.
Contact Todd V. McMurtry at Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC to learn how mediation could be the right option for you.