We are experienced practitioners who have actively litigated, tried, mediated and resolved numerous complex legal matters throughout the country—representing plaintiffs and defendants—in a wide variety of subject matter areas.
We are not retired judges, inexperienced litigators or uninspired mediators expecting simply to review memoranda and walk competing numbers between rooms. We believe the current mediation system is outdated and flawed. We founded MLA to dispense with the gross inefficiencies and unproductive sessions inherent with the traditional mediation model.
TRADITIONAL MEDIATION HAS IT BACKWARDS
The in-person joint mediation session should be the culminating event—not the initial step—in the parties’ efforts to resolve the matter. We will not waste your time or your client’s money with unproductive sessions. With MLA, the mediation process begins long before the parties are brought together and does not end until the dispute is resolved. We actively engage with each side and work extensively with counsel prior to the joint session to understand the procedural posture of the case, the material facts, the applicable law, and the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ respective positions. Our substantial advance work and proactive involvement maximizes the productiveness and effectiveness of the entire mediation.
Given our broad and unique trial experience, we know what it takes to prove a case; we understand the strengths, pitfalls and pressure points of modern litigation; and we know creative and effective ways to settle matters. In class cases, we understand the nuances of class certification; we know diverse means for delivering relief to the parties; we recognize the issues crucial for judicial approval of settlements; and, in compliance with the recently amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, we employ effective strategies for resolving objections raised by class members. In short, we know litigation, which is essential for efficiently resolving disputes.
AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE FOR MEDIATIONS
MLA offers alternative pricing structures. In addition to hourly and daily rates, MLA offers a flat-rate option that covers all pre-session work and multiple joint sessions, if necessary. MLA’s economic incentives are directly aligned with those of the parties: to successfully resolve disputes at the earliest possible moment in the process, thereby preserving the time and resources of all parties involved.