Virtual mediation emerged as a solution for conducting a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at the outbreak of COVID-19, when travel was restricted, and courts were closed or dramatically slowed. Yet in 2023, virtual mediation has only increased in popularity as adopters choose virtual mediation as a way to resolve business and personal conflicts much faster and at a fraction of the cost of litigation. The virtual format allows parties to gather regardless of location, facilitating the participation of key decision-makers that may have otherwise sent intermediaries in their place, and reduces scheduling-related constraints. “Mediation is both a process and an event,” which uses the law as a persuasive instrument but is based on interpersonal communication.
- Attorneys today should understand the uses of virtual mediation and be confident in helping their client achieve the best possible outcome.
- Parties considering ADR: will find this primer on virtual mediation a helpful guide for the potential benefits of virtual mediation and understanding their relationship to the mediator and opposing parties.
In this online seminar, our expert panelists break down the primary elements of mediation, discussing the parties involved, its stages, and when it is an appropriate course of action. Our speakers highlight the key benefits of virtual mediation as well as its drawbacks compared to in-person meetings and conclude by providing actionable items to ensure virtual mediations are successful.
Topics covered in this webinar:
- Mediation 101
- When Should You Mediate?
- Virtual Mediation: Benefits
- Virtual Mediation: Challenges
- Steps to Ensuring a Successful Virtual Mediation
Daniel B. Garrie, Esq. – Founder, Law & Forensics; Neutral, JAMS; Faculty, Harvard
David A. Cass – Senior Partner, Law & Forensics Adjunct Faculty Harvard & Rutgers Law
Scot Doyen – Partner, Doyen Sebesta
Andrew Nadolna – Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS