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Mediation: 2023 Year in Review It is hard to believe that it is time for me to do another year in review. 2023 was a year of learning and growth. Here are some of the mediation lessons I learned in 2023. Read More

Mediation: The Art of Learning At Judicate West’s recent annual retreat, Judicate West mediators from across California gathered to share what they have learned and how their mediation skills have evolved over the years. It was a great opportunity for me to learn from many of the... Read More

Sometimes a Little Civility Goes a Long Way As a mediator, I often see parties and counsel get angry and emotional. I find it an important part of the mediation process to get the parties and counsel to express and let out their anger and emotions sufficient to allow them to focus on resolvin... Read More

Mediation Negotiation: Sometimes When You Give More You Get More Everyone negotiates differently, but certain patterns emerge over time. Often, a plaintiff will have a much too high settlement demand which will lead to a much too low response to that demand. There are two outcomes when this pattern emerges. Either... Read More

Mediation-The Power of a CCP Section 998 Offer to Compromise A strategic Section 998 Offer to Compromise can make all the difference in getting a matter resolved. This was highlighted in one of my recent mediations. The plaintiff was clinging to a speculative damages theory; when faced with a settlement offer ... Read More

Nothing Completely Replaces In-Person Mediation I have previously written about the effectiveness of Zoom mediation. There is no doubt that Zoom mediation works and, as a result, I have resolved many matters utilizing Zoom. But does anything completely replace in-person mediation? A recent in-... Read More

There Is Creativity Even in A Straightforward Settlement Recently, a mediator colleague lamented that the settlements reached at his mediation were more and more following a predictable range and pattern. I thought about this in connection with a lender-guarantor dispute that I mediated. Read More

A Year of Zoom Mediation I am commemorating one-year of an entirely virtual mediation practice. In March 2018, when I launched Petlak Mediation, I could not have foreseen a worldwide pandemic which would prevent me from conducting in-person mediations for an entire year. Read More

Los Angeles Mediation - 2018 Year in Review Some of the important lessons I learned in 2018. Read More

Los Angeles Real Estate/Financial Services Mediation: There is Not Just One Path to Getting to Yes There may not to be one path that will always work to settle a case, but the good news is that there is always a path. Read More

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