Answers To Common Questions About Mediation In Texas
Although courtroom litigation is a valuable resource, it is not always the best method for resolving legal disputes. Alternatives exist, including mediation. This is a legal tool we strongly believe in at Johnson Reist PLLC. Our two attorneys are both certified mediators in the state of Texas as well as trial lawyers. We offer clients more than 25 years of combined legal experience, and the flexibility to resolve your legal issue in the way that best fits your needs and goals.
On this page, we’ve provided answers to questions prospective clients commonly ask about mediation. If you still have questions after reading, please contact us to discuss them during a free initial consultation.
What is mediation?
Mediation is one method of alternative dispute resolution that helps two parties reach an agreement without the need for courtroom litigation. Instead of taking a case before a judge or jury, the parties (in consultation with their respective attorneys) meet for one or more face-to-face sessions facilitated by a neutral third party (the mediator).
This person does not take sides. Instead, their job is to facilitate communication and negotiation so that the parties can reach an agreement together.
Why should I choose mediation? What are some advantages?
Simply put, mediation tends to be faster and cheaper than litigation, and it gives all parties more control over the outcomes. In addition to the cost and time savings, mediation also tends to be less contentious. It can be an important way to preserve long-term relationships between the parties in dispute (such as business partners, neighbors or divorced co-parents, for example).
Which types of legal disputes can be mediated?
Nearly any civil dispute can be mediated, provided that both parties are willing to negotiate in good faith. Our attorneys are experienced and state-certified mediators, and we assist clients with disputes including personal injury, construction law, business disputes, medical liability and more.
Is mediation a confidential process?
Yes, it is very private and confidential. Mediation sessions are generally closed to anyone except the participating parties, and mediators cannot disclose any confidential information they receive during the process, and nothing disclosed during mediation could be used as evidence if the case were to proceed to trial. Participants often see this privacy as a major benefit of mediation.
Have Additional Questions? Contact Us For Answers.
Based in Plano, Johnson Reist PLLC serves clients in Northeast Texas, and our personal injury practice is statewide. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with our experienced attorneys, call us at 469-501-ALLY or send us a message online.