After both parties agree to retain the services of an honest and fair mediator, the general tone shifts significantly. All of a sudden, the parties are no longer at war with one another, and are instead collaborating to reduce the fees, stress and resentment often…
I've written extensively about how your client should compose their appearance before appearing in court, settlement and mediation. And while their dress is certainly a significant factor when establishing their "honest and sympathetic" image, demeanor also plays a huge role. In a recent court appearance,…
I recently had to mediate a complex and difficult case, where opposing counsel and I agreed to use Debra as the mediator. I found her to be extraordinarily competent, empathetic and efficient in getting my case resolved.
Debra was very thorough, read through and understood all the materials, and was very well prepared. She privately met with the parties and impressed upon them the risks each of them faced by going to trial. As a result, the parties reached a compromise which was fair, and only accomplished because Debra was able to see the case from a good perspective from both the plaintiff and the defendant’s point of view.
A month before trial, Ms. Bogaards successfully mediated a challenging personal injury case and was able to effectively bridge a vast cultural and legal divide, to broker a settlement acceptable to all.
We were extremely pleased by Debra’s professional abilities and personal attention, and we recommend her without hesitation! If you can imagine a good experience with a lawyer, Debra is it.
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