The most fundamental insight I have gained from being a trial lawyer for over 30 years is that regardless of the perceived strength of any case, there is always risk. Thus, my legal practice has included counselling clients on utilizing different methods of alternative dispute resolution in order to avoid exposure and controlling the outcome. And, having received training to be a certified mediator in litigated cases from Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, I have started mediating legal disputes.
My primary experience and skillset is in health care, professional negligence, personal injury, and employment law. However, I have the capacity to grasp and understand complex issues/concepts and thus have maintained a widely diverse practice. I have effective communication skills and have been engaged to lecture at continuing education seminars in Massachusetts and around the country. Although most often my legal representation has been on the defense side, that experience has created significant understanding of the risk analysis that should be undertaken and the need to understand the vulnerabilities that can exist in any case. In a facilitative mediation, both parties have to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the claims and defenses in order for a meaningful resolution.