MEDIATION is a voluntary, non-binding process where the parties meet
together with the Mediator, a trained neutral party, to fully discuss their dispute in both joint and private sessions.
The Mediator works to promote dialogue between the parties, defuse hostilities, stimulate negotiations, and promote pathways
towards a mutual settlement agreement. The Mediator cannot impose a settlement nor tell the parties what they should
do. The parties control the process and, ultimately, the outcome.
avoids the conflict and adversarial nature of litigation and allows the parties more control over the process of resolving
MEDIATION provides a cost-effective and quick method to determine
if a dispute can be settled before the parties begin, or continue, to incur increasing costs associated with pursuing their
claims in Court. It allows the parties the opportunity to preserve their business and personal relationships.
MEDIATION sessions are held in a private office setting and are confidential. Sessions
are scheduled to the parties' mutual convenience. Since the parties remain in control of the process, they are generally
satisfied with any agreements reached.
MEDIATION is suitable for many types of disputes,
and is especially well-suited for any dispute where the parties will continue to have a personal or business relationship
after the dispute is resolved, such as:
Divorce issues, including Child Custody/Visitation/Support,
and division of marital property
issues; Co-Worker disputes; Discrimination/Harrassment claims
Heirs' claims in disputing
terms of a Will or Succession
Siblings' differing concerns over aging parental care
MEDIATION also works well with assisting
individuals and businesses resolve one-time disputes in a very quick and cost-effective manner. Examples of cases where
MEDIATION works well are:
Settlement of Personal Injury and/or Property Damage Claims
Real Estate disputes
Professional Negligence claims
For the best MEDIATION experience,
always ask your MEDIATOR these questions:
"Are you a QUALIFIED MEDIATOR
under Louisiana law?"
is a Qualified Civil Mediator and Qualified Divorce/Custody/Visitation Mediator listed in both specialties in the official
Louisiana Mediator Registry. (While some mediators may obtain initial qualification, they do not meet the continuing
education requirements to remain qualified. Always ask!).
much experience do you have as a MEDIATOR?"
Myers has more than 21 years' experience as both a MEDIATOR and ARBITRATOR, as well as 30 years as an ATTORNEY.
"How many cases have you handled as a MEDIATOR?"
Mark Myers has mediated more than 800 cases. He has arbitrated more than 400
"What is your "success rate"
(cases settled in mediation)?"
the average settlement rate of mediated cases is between 70-80%. Mark Myers has a success rate above 80% In other
words, when you come to him in mediation, there is an 8 out of 10 chance that your case can be resolved without having
to go to trial. (Each case is different and there is no guarantee of success)