Generally, our mediation sessions take place at locations designated by the mediator in San Francisco, the Peninsula or San Jose, depending upon the venue of the case and the location and desires of the parties and their counsel.
Arrangements can be made for alternative sites when this is more convenient for the parties and their counsel, but any cost of the alternative site, and related expenses, must be borne by the parties.
We take the issue of conflicts-of-interest very seriously, and are committed to providing our mediation services in an environment of strict impartiality.
We have represented numerous persons and companies over the years, and have worked with many lawyers. While we attempt to advise you of any circumstances we feel may affect a party’s perception of our fairness or impartiality, it is also the responsibility of the parties and their representatives to bring to our attention any circumstance that they believe might create any conflict for the mediator.
In the final analysis, though, the ultimate safeguard lies in the fact that mediation is a voluntary process, with the participants making their own judgments. The ultimate decision whether to resolve their differences rests with them. The mediator does not decide, or provide legal counsel or advice in any way to any party, but only acts as a guide during this process.