Mediation Fees and Scheduling

What is Mediation and Why Would I Choose It?

Mediation is your opportunity to retain control and decision making over your dispute. While it is not a viable route for all disputes it is, in a significant number of instances, a preferred method of resolution as opposed to becoming entangled in and navigating the legal system.

When I was a practicing attorney, there was a Judge who used to open her initial meeting with parties who had been unable to settle their case prior to trial with this statement: “This is you last opportunity to make your own decisions and remain in control of this matter. Once you proceed with trial, I will be making those decisions and I will be in control of the outcome.”

This was a sobering, but accurate, statement.

Mediation has several benefits over litigation

  1. It is less expensive. No endlessly accumulating legal fees.
  2. It is more expedient. No waiting for court calendars to schedule.
  3. It is confidential. There is no public record.
  4. It provides the opportunity to come up with creative solutions.

Fees and Scheduling

My fees are divided equally between the parties for fairness. They also assure equal engagement by all parties in reaching a positive outcome.  (For fee purposes, if more than one person is represented by the same attorney they are considered a single “party”).

The fee includes: 1) scheduling; 2) pre-mediation calls; 3) mediation session; 4) post-mediation follow-up, including calls and correspondence.

While refreshments are provided for all sessions, because the full day session includes a working lunch, the lunch is included in the fee. (Not applicable to Zoom mediations. Lunch break will be 1 hour).

A $100 nonrefundable fee is due from each party upon securing a date/time and receipt of the invoice. The non-refundable fee is applied to each party’s 50% financial obligation for the total cost of the mediation.

Payment in full is due by all parties is fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled mediation date. Payment may be made through Square, Zelle, PayPal, by certified check or cash.

Session Length Scheduling Times Cost Per Party
2 hours 10:00AM – 12:00PM

12:00PM – 2:00PM

2:00PM – 4:00PM

3 hours 9:30AM – 12:30PM

1:00PM – 4:00PM

4 hours 9:30AM – 1:30PM

1:00PM – 5:00PM

Full Day – 8 hours 9:00AM – 5:00PM $1175

Upon Completion of Mediation

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a document that sets forth the terms of agreement that are reached at the end of the mediation. The MOU is a binding and legally enforceable agreement only if it is signed by all parties (and their counsel if present).

If your dispute is legal in nature and you are unrepresented by counsel in a mediation, it is my recommendation that before signing the MOU, you seek an attorney to review the MOU in your interest. You can then proceed with the MOU as is or have a more detailed agreement drafted by counsel.


Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

No cancellation or rescheduling fee will be charged if either occurs more than 7 days prior to the mediation date.

Cancellation 6-7 days prior to mediation date: $200.00 per party.
Cancellation 2-5 days prior to mediation date: $250.00 per party.
Cancellation 1 day prior to or on mediation date: Payment in full by the parties will not be refunded.

Rescheduling 6-7 days prior to mediation date: $175.00 fee to the party or to each of the parties rescheduling.
Rescheduling 1-5 days prior to the mediation date: $200.00 per party
Rescheduling on mediation date: $250.00 per party.

Failure to appear without notice: That party’s full payment will not be refunded.