A Mediation Attorney With Nearly 40 Years Of Experience
Mediation is a valuable pathway to resolving legal disputes. It avoids the expensive, time-consuming and risky nature of litigation. It’s not adversarial, which means it’s more conducive to open, honest communication in the spirit of collaborative problem-solving. It gives all parties an opportunity to be heard and to have a powerful role in shaping the outcome.
Choosing the right legal mediator is essential for a successful outcome. I’m James B. Jameson. As a mediator, I have handled more than 500 cases of all types. I excel at facilitating win-win resolutions and creative solutions to complex problems. Licensed in both Texas and Colorado, I provide in-person and virtual mediation services in cases such as:
- Family law
- Business disputes
- Contract disputes
- And other civil disputes
I draw on nearly 40 years of experience to navigate legal complexities and identify workable outcomes.
As a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation is very different from court proceedings. It’s essentially an opportunity to pursue settlement discussions with the help of a neutral third party who is highly trained in such matters.
Meditation is generally voluntary, and either party can opt out at any time. Both parties are entitled to hire their own legal counsel for mediation. The mediator serves as an independent party who cannot provide legal advice.
The Mediation Process
Depending on the case, the mediation process might involve private meetings with the mediator as well as joint sessions where all parties are present. The parties’ attorneys may also participate in a limited capacity, in order to advise their clients. Unlike court cases, mediation proceedings are not recorded or transcribed. The mediation may conclude with a signed settlement agreement that resolves some or all aspects of the dispute.
Increasingly, mediation is conducted virtually over Zoom or other video conferencing software.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation
Below you will find general guidance on common questions about mediation. Please reach out to an experienced mediation lawyer such as myself for answers to your specific questions.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes. One of the many advantages of mediation is that it’s protected by strict confidentiality. Mediation discussions, settlement offers and the like cannot be disclosed in court or elsewhere. This protection gives parties the freedom to explore resolutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible in an adversarial setting such as court.
What if my case doesn’t settle at mediation?
You will still retain the opportunity to pursue further proceedings such as arbitration or litigation. You aren’t giving up any rights by first attempting a resolution through mediation.
Consider Whether Mediation Is Right For You
If you are exploring mediation or looking for an experienced mediator, please reach out to me at 713-280-3250. I’m an experienced ADR attorney who is committed to facilitating positive resolutions. With offices in Steamboat Springs as well as Houston, I provide mediation services for clients across Texas and Colorado.