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The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation. Membership in the Society and participation in its activities are intended to further the advancement of the practice of mediation, both locally and nationally, and to foster an appreciation for mediation as a valuable form of alternative dispute resolution.

Mediator's Corner

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Matthew J Geyer

Mediator’s Proposals – If, When, How by Matthew J Geyer

In my capacity as the new editor of this little piece of cyber real estate, and in the absence  of any ready submissions in the queue, I offer some thoughts on a matter of common interest – the use, misuse and overuse of mediator’s proposals.

First, the target:  What number is the right number?  The moniker we use for this process implies to some that the number (and/or other terms) represent the mediator’s own sense as to an appropriate outcome, given her view of the strengths and weaknesses in liability and damages proofs.  Others view the proposal as an endorsement, a resolution the mediator deems fair and reasonable under a wider range of circumstances.  To me it’s neither of these, and both:  It’s the number that has the most likelihood of settling the case . . . without shocking my conscience either way.

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* Mr. Geyer’s practice focuses primarily on service as a neutral arbitrator and mediator. He is a member of the AAA’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, as well as its Large Complex Case Panel, its Securities Panel and its Mediation Panel.