Certified Mediators Who Focus On Efficient Solutions
Resolving a dispute does not necessarily require court intervention. You have other options, including mediation, that can result in a creative solution that reflects your goals.
At Landrum & Shouse LLP, we are fortunate to have three certified mediators on our legal team, Pierce W. Hamblin and Erin C.S Izzo in our Lexington office and John R. Martin Jr. 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.
How Mediation Can Support Your Goals
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 possible benefits to mediation, including:
- Flexibility and control: Unlike in 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: 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 can increase because of the time you save. Court appearances cost money through both attorney fees and court fees. While this is true no matter how your issue is resolved, mediation can end up being more economical.
- Confidentiality: Finally, many seek mediation because its contents remain confidential, unlike a case resolved through litigation. The facts of the case, the compromises made and the final settlement reached are never entered into the public record. Confidentiality makes mediation an attractive option in high-asset divorce cases or high-profile disputes because you can keep most aspects of the case private.
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.
A Strong Reputation In The Legal Community
Our certified mediators are experienced and dedicated to achieving positive results. Pierce W. Hamblin and John R. Martin Jr. have been recognized by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals for their work. In addition, both attorneys are AV peer review-rated* and have been selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Super Lawyers list. In fact, other lawyers have fondly dubbed Pierce W. Hamblin the “king of Kentucky mediators” (UK Law notes, Fall 2005).
Our reputation speaks to our commitment to successful mediation. We work toward not only a fair solution but also the most effective solution for both parties overall. With creativity and passion, our mediators can help you find the best possible answer to a difficult conflict.
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.
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*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.