In virtually every lawsuit filed in State and Federal Court today, Mediation, which essentially means a formal settlement conference, is mandatory at some point during the course of your case.
Mediation is a confidential process during which the parties have an opportunity to communicate with one another in an open and honest manner, without fear that what one side says may later be used against them in Court. A neutral third party, who is typically an experienced labor & employment lawyer, or a former judge, commonly serves as the Mediator and works to listen to the respective positions of the parties while trying to facilitate a resolution that both sides can agree upon.
As with informal settlement efforts, the law does not require that any party settle if they choose not to at Mediation, but the Shavitz Law Group, P.A. handles all Mediations with the mindset that both sides should keep an open mind to all reasonable settlement alternatives.
If mediation is unsuccessful in producing a final settlement of your case, neither party has been prejudiced in any way and most likely a judge will determine whether or not a trial is necessary and appropriate to determine the outcome of your case.
If you have questions about how the mediation process may impact the potential resolution of your case, contact us for a free consultation.