Mediation is a method of settling disputes where a third party, a mediator, acts as a link between two parties in an attempt to facilitate an agreed-upon resolution. Mediations are often conducted at the order of a court, and is also used by private parties in order to resolve issues without the expense and uncertainty of litigation or administrative action.
President Abraham Lincoln famously wrote, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, “Notes for a Law Lecture” (July 1, 1850), p. 81.
McGown & Markling attorneys take President Lincoln’s words to heart. While we are proud of our litigation practice, we also understand the importance of serving as peacemakers. To that end, we have a successful record of obtaining the amicable resolution of disputes through the mediation process on behalf of our clients.