Mediation cases are a private and informal way of settling a dispute without relying on a legal judgment issued by a judge or jury. The parties involved in mediation meet with a neutral third party to reach a mutually agreeable solution that will end a conflict. Parties are not forced to agree to a solution in mediation. Rather, the mediator facilitates communication to help the parties reach a mutual agreement – a compromise or settlement. At Lowenthal, our commitment is to support our mediation clients in preparing for and engaging in difficult conversations to develop agreement on issues in conflict. We are especially committed to the creation of an environment which is safe, respectful for all sides in the conflict, and conducive to mutual resolution.
Your mediation will be conducted by Justin Lowenthal. Justin is a practicing business and real estate (residential and commercial) attorney and broker, with significant experience in real estate disputes involving C.A.R. forms, the purchase and sale of real estate assets, earnest money deposits, leasing, broker disputes, easements, boundary disputes, neighbor conflicts, co-ownership matters, joint ventures, partnerships, private equity, business entities and organizations, and construction contracts. He also has experience in matters involving business deals, partnerships, stock transactions, contract performance, fiduciary duties, and fraud. With respect to mediation, Justin has a simple mission:
“Empower the parties to resolve the dispute quickly and inexpensively, outside of court.”
To accomplish this mission, we make ourselves accessible and responsive throughout the mediation process, with online intake forms and quick scheduling, and we provide a relaxed virtual conference setting and comfortable office environment for in-person mediations. We take our role as mediator very seriously – and we don’t mess around. We expect the parties to commit early on in the process and take responsibility for their own success in mediation. Whenever possible, we prefer to avoid fragmented mediations. We believe that:
“Success can be had when parties commit to the process, to be present, and to negotiate productively.”
Advantages of Mediation
In some situations, mediation may be preferable to filing a lawsuit. Mediation provides the following advantages:
What Occurs During Mediation
In most mediation cases, there is an introduction, followed by party statements, perhaps an open discussion regarding the dispute, and finally private caucuses (meetings) with the parties to facilitate negotiation with the other party(ies) participating in the mediation with the objective of reaching a written compromise.
In our mediations, we follow a strict format, which we feel gives our mediation clients the best opportunity for a successful mediation:
We invite all parties and their counsel to bring in laptops and devices to assist them during the mediation. We offer complimentary WIFI, printing and scanning, as well as coffee, water, tea and other beverages. Parking at our office is easy and convenient. Click here for a map and directions to our office.
Justin Lowenthal has in-depth, industry experience in matters involving residential and commercial real estate, real estate brokerage compliance and licensing, fiduciary duties, and C.A.R. and AIR forms. Mediation clients, attorneys, or other mediators who would like Justin’s opinion on or neutral evaluation of a particular issue or matter, may retain Lowenthal on an hourly or project basis. Justin is also available to consult on various matters throughout litigation proceedings.
|Full day (8 hours)||Half day (4 hours)||Additional time|
|Mediation – In-Person||$3,600||$2,400||$360/hour|
|Mediation – Online (Virtual)||$3,300||$2,100||$340/hour|
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a mediation session or neutral evaluation.