Finley Gibbs Is A Columbia, MO Mediator
With Over 20 Years Of Legal Experience
Those who are knowledgeable in the field of Mediation have been discussing the value of Caucus meetings in mediations. A Caucus is a separate meeting between the Mediator and a particular party. Some Mediators like to have both parties in the room the entire Mediation. I do not agree with that. In fact, I usually find the parties don't need to meet at all, except to say hello at the beginning of the mediation and to compliment them if they are successful at the end of the Mediation. I believe the best way to avoid personality conflicts and power imbalances is by keeping the parties separate for most of the mediation. This allows the parties to spread out documents related to the case without worrying about the other side seeing them, for the parties to relax in a space that they feel they occupy. The point is to reduce the factors that could prevent the parties from reaching a reasonable settlement. As a result, I am a firm believer in 95% or more of the mediation occurring in private caucuses.
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Gibbs Legal Consulting Firm
1001 East Walnut St, Suite 200 Columbia, MO 65201
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