I mediate legal disputes that are before courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals in the areas of civil litigation, employment and labour law, and human rights law. My approach is fair, efficient and flexibly tailored to each case’s unique needs.
How I’ve helped past clients
- Designed an appropriate mediation process responsive to the needs of the parties
- Provided a forum for parties to be heard
- Facilitated a focused discussion of parties’ interests
- Evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of a case
- Facilitated a focused discussion of alternatives to resolution at mediation
- Provided a useful reality check
- Guided parties toward creative solutions to a conflict
- Crafted appropriate language to reflect a deal
- Guided parties toward rebuilding relations or learning from a conflict
How it works
My mediation process is a flexible one. Not all disputes are the same, and I’ve been involved in mediations — as both counsel and mediator — long enough to know that one size definitely doesn’t fit all. Some parties need a forceful reality check about potential outcomes in litigation. Some parties need hand-holding, deep listening and empathy. And some cases just need the focus of a date, a room, a decent coffee machine and a chance for the lawyers to talk. The wrong approach can make everyone miserable.
So I’m not strictly evaluative or strictly facilitative, but adopt both approaches. Though I believe joint sessions are often useful, I don’t force parties to participate in them. Instead, I respond to the needs of the lawyers and parties in each case to deliver an appropriate mediation process tailored to the nature of the dispute and the goals of the parties involved.
I help parties settle in over 90% of the cases I mediate, but I don’t force settlements or push parties around. As someone who is still actively engaged in legal practice, I have a healthy respect for the litigation process and recognize that some cases should be litigated.
Finally, I’m highly focused and determined to close cases — but without attitude. I am at all times calm, polite and never antagonistic, so both counsel and parties can exit the process feeling respected.