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The “New Normal.” Are We There Yet?

The “New Normal.” Are We There Yet? Not yet. We are, however, presently living in the “New Abnormal.” What does that mean for people who look to the courts to resolve disputes? The answer to that question is constantly evolving. … Continue reading

Mediation in The New Normal: Virtual Zoom Mediations

As we live through unprecedented times, our lives – personal and business – are disrupted. Since we don’t know how long this pandemic, and the restrictions and disruptions that it has caused, will last, it is not possible to know … Continue reading

Where — Exactly — Do I File My Lawsuit?

I’ve been harmed: An employee left my company and took with him proprietary information; my employer owes me past wages or severance, or has discriminated against me; I’ve been hit by a car; my husband or wife and I have … Continue reading

Exploring Depositions Within Discovery

“Discovery” is a word that frightens many litigants — what it means, the cost, and the time commitment that it will entail. The part of discovery that many litigants are most concerned about are “depositions” — being questioned by your … Continue reading

Litigation: What’s Taking So Long? (Part 2)

A few years ago, a former president of the New York City Bar Association created the President’s Committee for Efficient Resolution of Disputes to address a concern that we all know to exist: that civil litigation often costs too much … Continue reading

Litigation: What’s Taking So Long? (Part 1)

“What’s Taking So Long?” This is a common question asked by clients as a lawsuit goes on and on, oftentimes for year after year. Sometimes, the passage of time cannot be helped; neither the parties, the lawyers, nor the courts, … Continue reading

Finding the Right Mediator

You’re about to go to mediation; either a court has sent you there, a clause in a contract requires you to go, or you simply have a dispute with another party and you both choose — wisely, I think — … Continue reading

Presumptive Alternative Dispute Resolution

On May 14, 2019, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced “a transformational move to advance the delivery and quality of civil justice in New York as part of [her] Excellence Initiative.”  Presumptive Alternative Dispute Resolution (Presumptive ADR) mandates … Continue reading

Is It Possible To Achieve A Successful Outcome In Mediation?

Now that mediation is being used more and more frequently, as discussed recently in this article, what should a party’s goals be in the mediation and how can they achieve them?

Mediation: A Growing Presence in the Courtroom and Business

With increasing frequency, mediation is not a choice that can be made by a party in a lawsuit or transaction; the courts are requiring parties to go to mediation, whether they want to do so or not. Additionally, many courts … Continue reading