98% of all claims filed in court settle before trial. Today, many parties use the services of a mediator to settle their cases. Mediators are people who meet with the parties to facilitate settlement. An effective mediator must have a good background in the law and experience with courts and juries, so the mediator can give you and your opponent a “reality check” about the outcome of the case. An effective mediator also listens carefully to both parties and determines what the parties’ real goals are. An effective mediator will not only help the parties settle cases, but will help ensure the mediation is a positive experience for each party. We provide mediation services to parties. Deborah Bucknam has received certification in “Advanced Negotiation: Difficult Conversations” from the Harvard Negotiation Institute, an Institute sponsored by Harvard Law School. With her 32 years experience in litigating all types of cases, she can help mediate your dispute.