Five Reasons in Support of Mediation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on May 15, 2015


Many of us have seen the history of the world according to Mel Brooks. In one scene, Moses announces that he has brought the 15 Commandments. As soon as one tablet falls and shatters, Moses updates that announcement to the fact that he has 10 Commandments. Most lists consist of 10 bullet points in favor  or against X,Y or Z. After mediation practice for a number of years, I would like to offer my shortened list; i.e. 5 reasons in favor of mediation when there is a controversy. I believe these 5 points “sell” mediation:

1. Mediation is LESS costly.

2. Mediation is LESS traumatic.

3. Mediation is LESS likely to lead to broken agreements and commitments.

4. Mediation is LESS time-consuming

5. Mediation is MORE civil and dignified.

Mediation makes sense in all situations. Mediate don’t litigate.