We are committed to helping participants resolve their disputes in a safe, confidential and mutually satisfying manner.

Welcome to our mediation pages

If you are reading this, chances are you are involved in or anticipating a dispute or are trying to negotiate a difficult issue and are wondering whether and how mediation can help you. By considering mediation, you already have taken a positive step towards resolving your dispute or issue through a structured process that is generally quicker, less expensive, and more satisfying to participants than arguments or court proceedings. By some estimates, as many as 75% of mediated cases reach resolution. We are committed to helping participants resolve their disputes and negotiate issues in a safe, confidential and mutually satisfying manner. To learn more about mediation and our mediation services, please continue reading.

"Mediation" means different things to different mediators. We practice a form of mediation that is interest-based, facilitative, and respectful of all participants' needs and interests. We believe in mediation as a forward-looking, non-judgmental process that allows participants to retain their values and principles, preserve important relationships, and make their own decisions.

Generally, we mediate with all parties present, occasionally using individual caucuses. Most mediations are conducted by a single mediator. In some situations, however, two mediators can be helpful to create a balanced and safe environment for all participants.

We adhere to the Core Standards of Mediation Practice promulgated by the Oregon Mediation Association. Following is our statement of mediation principles:

  1. Mediation works best when the mediator facilitates rather than evaluates. The mediator should at all times remain neutral, and should not assess, judge, or evaluate the partiesí positions, interests, or statements.

  2. Mediation works best when the partiesí underlying interests and needs are addressed. Mediation is not a negotiation and compromise of positions or interests.

  3. Mediation works best when it is entirely consensual, both with regard to the details of the mediation process itself and with regard to the outcome. Mediation participants are never required to accept a resolution that they canít live with.

  4. Mediation works best when it is not adversarial. Parties may have a history of antagonism, bad feelings and disagreement, but, because mediation is not concerned with determining whoís right or wrong, competitive and win-lose approaches are not favored in mediation. Rather, the parties are encouraged and allowed to interact collaboratively.

  5. Mediation works best when it is future-oriented. Parties are encouraged to accept and understand the true nature of their present dispute, and to search for ways to resolve the dispute or to further their relationship, rather than to determine who did what to whom in the past.

  6. Mediation works best when all parties are equally empowered. Mediation respects the dignity, values and interests of all parties. The mediation process is designed to correct any imbalance in power, whether caused by economic, gender, cultural, racial, or professional differences.

  7. Mediation works best when the parties control the outcome. A good mediator can assist the parties to creatively seek a resolution tailored specifically for their situation. But the ultimate resolution will be one devised by and acceptable to all parties.

  8. Mediation works best when everyone involved commits to confidentiality. In order to encourage free and candid discussion, without fear of legal repercussions, participants in mediation are required to sign an agreement that all statements made during mediation are confidential.

  9. Mediation works best when all participants treat each other with respect and courtesy, and where everyone has the opportunity to be fully heard. It is the mediatorís job to maintain such an atmosphere.