Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services

ATLANTA OFFICE:
6 Concourse Pkwy., Suite 1950

Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 320-9118

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17 Park of Commerce Blvd.
Suite 301

Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 417-2879
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May 28, 2014 No Comments

Poet, activist and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. She was inspiring with both her words and actions and had strong ties to Atlanta.

Angelou’s final Facebook post on Memorial Day was: “Our history is rife with citizens who care and who are courageous enough to say we care for those who went before us.” She will forever be remembered as a strong, national icon.

Read more here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/remembering-maya-angelou/nf8dm/

May 18, 2014 No Comments

By Chris Annunziata

OK, I’ll say it. One of the many reasons people love to mediate at Miles Mediation is the food. Our staff does a fantastic job of providing you and your clients with healthy breakfast options, gourmet lunches and enticing afternoon snacks. Sure, it’s good Southern hospitality, but there is also a method behind the madness.

You’ve probably had someone tell you, “Never make a decision on an empty stomach,” or heard an old proverb like, “An empty stomach has no ears.” It turns out that there is a link between empty stomachs, low blood sugar and our cognitive processes.
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May 13, 2014 No Comments

By Scott Delius, As printed in Daily Report

Mediating parties should seriously consider revealing their settlement numbers to the mediator.

Scott Delius is a mediator with Miles Mediation in Atlanta. He has more than 16 years of experience litigating both sides of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. He is a solo practitioner, an Afghanistan veteran and a major in the Georgia Army National Guard.
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May 9, 2014 No Comments

We are proud to announce that Miles Mediation mediator Scott Delius won the election for the State Bar Board of Governors, Atlanta Circuit Post 10.

Scott was elected out of a tough field with 10 other strong candidates. Scott says: ” I look forward to serving my fellow lawyers. Thank you to everyone for supporting me. ”

Please join us at Miles Mediation in congratulating Scott on this achievement!

Learn more about Scott and book your next mediation with him here:

http://milesmediation.com/team-member/scott-d-delius-esq/

May 7, 2014 No Comments

By David C. Nutter

Last Saturday morning, my wife, two youngest daughters and I participated in a neighborhood fun run, officially called The Highpoint Hike. A beautiful spring morning for such an event. Moms and Dads, kids of all ages, baby strollers, dogs on leashes, all gathered for 2.5 miles of fun and fellowship in support of a worthy charitable cause. The runners would go out first to be followed by the walkers. Our twelve year old, Ann Marie, was with me in the first group, while my wife, Susan, and our youngest, Laura Lillian, were in the second.
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May 3, 2014 No Comments

By Jamie Miles

Anyone walking through the doors of Miles Mediation will see the face of Sydney Thaxton. Her bubbly personality, infectious laughter and ready-to-help attitude are impossible to miss.

But what are some unknown tidbits about this engaging woman?

Inquiring minds want to know.

I spent a few minutes on the telephone chatting with Thaxton and learned lots about this energized, accomplished young woman.
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May 3, 2014 No Comments

By Hon. Beverly M. Collins (Ret.)

As most of you know, I spent almost 19 years on the bench of the Cobb State Court. Recently I was thinking about cases that were on my trial calendar that I wish had gone to mediation.

One of those involved a couple who were in the midst of a very contentious divorce. They owned a lot of property, including a vacation home in Mexico. Their divorce case was pending in Cobb Superior Court but a personal injury case was filed in State Court by the husband who was seeking damages from the wife.

My first thought was to transfer the case to the judge in Superior Court who was handling the divorce case, but she wouldn’t take it! I then set the case on one of my motions calendars and I learned that the husband was suing the wife claiming that she hired a Mexican gang (he called them “banditos”) to kidnap and kill him. He asserted that he was kidnapped and assaulted, but that he escaped before the “banditos” could kill him.

The wife, of course, denied all of it. In an effort to “prove” that she did hire this gang to kidnap and kill him, the Plaintiff husband produced a warrant issued by a Mexican sheriff that authorized her arrest for these crimes. The attorney representing the Defendant wife, jumped to his feet shouting that the warrant “proved” nothing and that the husband had bribed a Mexican official to fabricate the warrant. He also said that he believed that there was a bogus warrant for his own arrest and he pointed at me and said “ and one for you too, Judge.”

I laughed, but he cautioned me that he was “dead serious.” He said that I should stay out of Mexico because chances were good that I would be arrested if I ventured across the border.

I’m not sure if there is a warrant for my arrest still floating around somewhere in Mexico, but I keep thinking that if the case had gone to mediation that Joe Murphey would be the one afraid to disembark when the cruise ships stop in Cozumel.

p.s. I dismissed the case because I believed it was against public policy as it pitted one spouse against the other and was filed to influence the outcome of the divorce.

To learn more about Hon. Beverly M. Collins (Ret.) or to book your next mediation with her, click here:
http://milesmediation.com/team-member/hon-beverly-m-collins-ret/

May 2, 2014 No Comments

MEDIATION TIP #4 – DON’T SELL THE OPENING STATEMENT SHORT
by Glenn Loewenthal

As we move through our mediation tips from pre-mediation all the way to the final resolution, the next stage I want to address is the opening statement. I wholeheartedly believe that the opening statement is the most undervalued part of the mediation. After all, the opening statement is the first time, and sometimes the only time, that everyone is in the room together. Take advantage of this great opportunity to set the stage for the entire mediation day.
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