Premier Mediation Services From Certified Mediators In Kentucky

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Pierce W. Hamblin and John R. Martin have been recognized by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, for their exceptional work.

At Landrum & Shouse LLP, we are fortunate to have two certified mediators on our legal team, Pierce W. Hamblin in our Lexington office and John R. Martin in our Louisville office. Though both have represented clients in litigation for over 30 years each, they understand the value of attempting to work out resolutions through alternatives to litigation whenever feasible. To that end, they offer services both as neutral mediators for clients seeking a neutral for their case and as private counsel to clients already engaged in the mediation process.

About Our Mediators

Pierce W. Hamblin of our Lexington office has been dubbed the "king of Kentucky mediators" by his peers (UK Law notes, Fall 2005). He is an "AV-rated*" attorney, mediator and arbitrator who has also served over 30 years as an adjunct professor of litigation and negotiation skills at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has presided as a neutral in over 8,000 large cases. Pierce served as a captain in the U.S. Army and is an inductee of the UK College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame, a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and is a 2010 inductee to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals as a charter member from Kentucky. He has also been listed as one of the Top 50 attorneys in 2009-2011 Super Lawyers and was featured in an article about former military servicemen in the 2008 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers.

John R. Martin of our Louisville office is a long-time trial practitioner who has been handling mediations in the Louisville, Kentucky, area over the past several years and has also been selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers list. An "AV-rated*" attorney, John has served as a neutral on many civil litigation cases.

Shifting The Focus For Successful Mediations!
Landrum & Shouse LLP's very own Pierce W. Hamblin shares his thoughts on successful mediations in Attorney at Law Magazine. "It is the job of a good and honest mediator to let each party know they must seriously examine and consider the legal value of the case," says Mr. Hamblin. Read the full story here.

The Benefits Of Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where parties agree to work with a neutral mediator to resolve their differences outside of court. Anyone involved in a civil litigation matter can choose mediation, though it is most often used in the realms of divorce and family law as well as business law. In some cases, the court may require parties to attempt mediation before bringing a case to trial.

There are several benefits to mediation. Among them are:

  • Flexibility and control: Unlike a matter taken to court, disputing parties have much more control over the outcome of a mediated settlement. The mediator's job is to provide insight into possible solutions and the space to discuss those possibilities and compromises. That allows parties to create innovative solutions that a bench or jury trial may not have produced.
  • Time management: Courts across the nation have perpetually full dockets, and Kentucky is no exception. After filing your case with the court, it can take weeks or months to even get an initial hearing. Any new developments only prolong the process. With mediation, you set the schedule in consultation with your lawyer and the mediator. You could potentially resolve your issue in a matter of weeks, not years.
  • Financial savings: Similarly, the potential cost savings of mediation is often derived from the time saved. Court appearances cost money, and your legal team will need to bill for hours spent preparing for each hearing. While this is true no matter how your issue is resolved, mediation can end up being more economical since it usually takes less time than litigation.
  • Confidentiality: Finally, many seek mediation because its contents remain confidential, unlike a case resolved through litigation. The facts of the case, compromises made and final settlement reached is never entered into the public record. This confidentiality makes mediation an attractive option in high-asset divorce cases or high-profile disputes, where the full scope of the matter remains private.

Discuss The Possibility Of Mediation With Us

To speak with one of our certified mediators, call our office in Lexington at 859-554-4038 or our office in Louisville at 502-589-7616 to schedule an appointment. You may also contact us by email by filling out our intake form on this website.

Our Mission, to which we are dedicated, is to provide professional legal representation and service to our clients to the very best of our capabilities, individually and in unity with one another.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.