Why I Became A Mediator
I've been litigating complex business cases and personal injury actions for more than 25 years. In state and federal courts across the United States, in business courts, and even the Delaware Chancery Court. One thing about litigation that is a constant: it presents uncertainty and risk. Even the best cases are subject to both. Unexpected court rulings during motion practice, new evidence, harmful and helpful deposition testimony, the potential for lengthy appeals. Even though clients may not enjoy the prospect of a litigation outcome by way of settlement, one thing is for sure - settlements bring finality and certainty - to all parties. Settlements put you in control of the outcome. I decided to become a mediator because I think my experience as a negotiator in litigation brings credibility and opportunity to our time in mediation together. We're not adversaries, we're problem solvers.
Put simply, I've been there.
My undergraduate education is from N.C. State University, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. My minor was finance. I was elected student body president while I was there, which also taught me many things about people and about how to get things done.
I'm certified as a superior court mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. But wherever you may be litigating, in state or federal courts, or in arbitration, I can mediate your case.
My legal background is in civil litigation. I've been litigating complex business and securities cases, and personal injury actions, for more than 25 years. I have litigated dozens of accounting malpractice and financial fraud cases. I have litigated major personal injury actions, such as my representation of the Iraqi victims of the Nisoor Square massacre against the military contractor known as Blackwater. My academic and work background in finance often proves helpful in cases where accounting or securities are at issue.
Reasons to Mediate
The resolution of a dispute is often best achieved outside the courtroom, through meditation. Mediation is a confidential process. Mediation participants are free to speak truthfully, without fear that their words might be used against them later in an adversarial process. Disputants are entitled to full disclosure by their mediator of any conflicts of interest. Mediators help people agree to settle disputes on their own terms. Mediators don't write findings deciding who's wrong, like arbitrators or a judge. Mediation is cost-efficient and is consistent with democratic values. Mediation enables people to retain their own decision-making power.
Litigation is like Surfing
Whereas a Mediated Settlement is like Sitting on the Beach
I love surfing. This photograph of me is from a beach in Nicaragua. Every wave brings the chance for a great ride or for a costly wipeout.
The only safe place is the beach.
Help your clients reach the beach.
Pressure & Uncertainty
Mediation is an Opportunity to Stop both
Are you in the midst of "bet the company" litigation? Or have you suffered a horrible injury and your family is in need of a financial recovery?
Either way, mediation puts you in control of the outcome in a way a Judge or jury will not.
Picking the Right Mediator
Don't Kid Yourself
Picking the right mediator is important. You'll need more than just someone who takes your offer to the other room. And you'll want a mediator who understands your case, and the reasons why settlement my be the best option - for both sides.
Twenty-Five Years of Complex Personal Injury and Business Litigation
Contact me to find
your way to a successful settlement.
Gary V. Mauney | Partner
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