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Picking a Peacemaker: Is there a secret formula to picking the right mediator?

In my many years as a litigation and trial lawyer, I recommended and helped select a lot of mediators. I also participated in numerous mediations as a client representative. These experiences offered me valuable insight into what qualities a client and its attorney should look for in selecting a mediator.

The following list is not exhaustive. Nor do I have all-knowing insight into what makes a good peacemaker. But in my experience as both lawyer and a neutral, effective mediators consistently possess these characteristics.

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