The financial and emotional costs of litigation can be high for parties in dispute. Early mediation provides an opportunity to reach a settlement with the aid of a neutral third party— the mediator. The process can save the parties significant time and money. And there is little downside to early mediation— even if a case does not settle, litigants can learn more about the other side’s case and perspective and advance the process further toward resolution. As Matt Thiry notes, “pre-litigation mediation offers the parties the opportunity to keep their dispute truly private and is the chance to preserve relationships.” And Nigel Wright adds that for early mediation to be effective in resolving disputes, the parties should address the likely valuation of the claim or damages from a legal perspective, as well as the financial exposure to the parties, before the mediation. For Thursday of Mediation Week 2020, Miles has provided several articles, outside resources, and a co-sponsored CLE program: “A Discussion of Pre-Litigation Mediation and Mediation Early in the Litigation Process, and How to Plan and Prepare for Early Dispute Resolution.” See below.

Follow Mediation Week 2020 resources here and by searching for the official hashtag on social media: #MediationWeek2020.

Watch (LIVE): 


For today’s feature webinar, Miles partnered with Mecklenburg County Bar to present a two-part program.  This seminar builds on North Carolina’s 2019 Conflict Resolution Week program and addressees the availability and use of Dispute Resolution resources and guidance for how to handle tough situations faced by certified mediators. The  experts will explore ethical dilemmas that certified mediators face in their practices and the value of early mediation. 

Credit has been approved with the North Carolina State Bar, Board of Continuing Legal Education for 2.00 General credits.


PROGRAM 1: 2020 Amendments to the Dispute Resolution Commission’s Rules and Standards 

  • Emcee: Nancy Black Norelli, Miles Mediation & Arbitration, Norelli Law. Chair, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Presenter: Tara Kozlowski, Executive Director, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

PROGRAM 2: The Benefits of Pre-Litigation and Early Mediation.

  • Presenters: Jim Cooley, Danae Woodward, Elizabeth Todd

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