PhillipArmstrong, Georgia Pacific Law Department (retired)
Members of ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Planned Early Dispute Resolution (PEDR) Task Force will present its PEDR User Guide, a roadmap for businesses and lawyers to prevent disputes from escalating into litigation. People often are trapped in a “prison of fear” that forces them to use traditional processes before they are ready to settle. The User Guide provides practical materials to help break out of this prison. Panelists will describe successes and challenges for use of PEDR and will present resources that people can use to implement PEDR techniques, seeking feedback for the most effective use of the PEDR User Guide.
Concurrent Session D
Thursday, April 03, 20143:00 PM-Thursday, April 03, 20144:15 PM
Actions to be taken by the mediator and counsel to ensure that the mediation of a complex business dispute is successful for all involved. The presentation will address actions that counsel and the mediator should be taking after scheduling the mediation but before the mediation session and actions to be taken during the formal mediation session. The importance of pre-mediation session communications between the mediator and counsel (and/or the parties), the use of the joint session including whether and how counsel should make opening statements, and tools to be utilized to avoid impasse will all be discussed.