Just as we have all had to make adjustments to our daily lives to keep ourselves and those around us safe as we navigate these uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic together, our dedication to our clients’ success and work for them continues with some modifications and the benefit of technology. I recently conducted my first mediation since COVID-19 changed the world, serving as mediator with all parties in different locations, brought together via phone.
Typically, mediations take place in a conference room where the interested parties, their legal representatives and the mediator are together, sitting around the same table, working towards a resolution. In this case, I worked with seven parties and their attorneys over the phone, working to find a middle ground for both sides to settle disputes over various bankruptcy issues.
Due to the professionalism of the attorneys involved, I am pleased that they were able to reach a compromise to the satisfaction of all parties – and we did not all have to be in the same room for them to reach a resolution.
Our doors remain open and our work for our clients continues amid changes in response to COVID-19. Coming together remotely – working with the attorneys and clients, all of us embracing technological opportunities – created the setting for this case to settle. This mediation is a great example of we can work through these new times together, and we can stay safe while getting results.