INTEREST BASED NEGOTIATION IS THE KEY
TO RESOLVING DISPUTES WHILE PRESERVING
Our group subscribes to the idea that one model of dispute resolution does not fit every client.
We believe it is necessary to design dispute resolution to suit the parties and their problems. A dispute might require a single attorney acting as a neutral mediator to meet with two parties to work out an agreement, or the dispute might be more complicated and involve a number of parties with each party requiring an attorney plus a variety of neutral experts to furnish assistance and information.
We believe that interest based negotiation provides superior results for the majority of our clients. We advocate for our clients, but we also listen to the interests of everyone in the dispute, so that, as much as possible, we can assist the parties in finding solutions to meet the legitimate needs of each person or entity involved.
(What We Really Think!)
We believe that it is better to stop looking back at blame. We look forward to resolution. Rather than blaming, we simply ask each party to assume responsibility for their actions. We do not rely on the law alone to dictate the outcome. We rely on the parties to maintain control over decisions and to determine equitable solutions that are acceptable to all.
Since not many lawyers are currently practicing in this manner, it is extremely important that the lawyers that do practice this way trust each other. Each person in this group trusts the others to proceed honestly and in good faith. We rely on the word of each other more than we would rely on statements made under oath in a court of law. We know that if anyone of us violates the trust of another group member or knowingly allows a client to behave dishonestly, that person will lose the trust and confidence of the other group members and destroy his or her professional reputation.