Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session

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Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session

This and many other topics will be revealed in: The “End Game” of Mediation and How to Succeed at It [A Comprehensive Road Map to the Mediation Process] on Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ the Contra Costa Bar Association.

Speakers Ken Strongman, Esq. and Malcolm Sher, Esq. will lead a program for Advocates designed to create a highly positive mediation experience and outcome for themselves and their clients. These two successful mediators will discuss some of the best practices for negotiation and to prepare the client, advocate, mediator and opposition for the mediation journey.

The Contra Costa County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for 3 hours of General MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, Provider #393.

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NOW FOR THE ANSWER: Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session

Stated another way: the advantages of a private session with the mediator

1. It is an opportunity to explain the case to a neutral person
2. The attorney and party get to evaluate their own case
3. The ability to use the mediator as a sounding board and coach
4. To be able to talk openly
5. Discuss solutions
6. Identify components of solutions from your stand point
7. Emote and vent in private about the case and the other side (person)

Ken StrongmanAbout the Author: Ken Strongman ( has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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