I am passionate about alternative dispute resolution. Most of my time is spent as a mediator but I also serve regularly as an arbitrator.
I first trained to become a mediator some 25 years ago through a faith-based program serving others in my church. That role evolved into a fulltime calling as a mediator, helping lawyers and parties settle civil disputes.
From 2009 through 2020, I taught mediation as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama Law School. During that time, I became a student of mediation myself. It is my belief that mediation is more of an art than a science – and there is no one way, or best way to do it.
As a 25+ year litigator, I believe one must be a litigator, or experienced in litigation, before one can effectively serve as a mediator. It is only through the battles that one learns the costs, risks and rewards of the litigation process.
My style is a combination of facilitative and evaluative. I believe parties and attorneys realize the value and benefits of reaching a settlement through mediation rather than trial. I never assume that I know more about your case than you do. You have lived with it, I am merely parachuting in. However, I believe that another set of eyes looking at the law and the facts provides real value to your clients and the process. My hope and expectation is that I can provide that real value and hopefully assist the parties in reaching a resolution.
I would welcome the opportunity to serve you and your clients as a mediator.