Experience matters when hiring a mediator because the greater the experience of the mediator, the higher the likelihood of reaching an agreement at mediation. I think experience breaks down into two
Experience with disputes and dispute resolution. I’ve been practicing law twenty-six years in the area of civil litigation, so I’m very familiar with disputes. Also, I’m familiar with the
mediation process, both by virtue of participating in it as a lawyer and conducting meditations as a mediator.
It’s important that a mediator has the experience to understand the psychology of mediation,
and that in large part a mediation is about the parties giving voice, being heard, feeling like they’re being heard, and exercising self-determination.