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. Mediation is 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 and appellate success, we also understand the importance of serving as peacemakers. To that end, McGown & Markling has a successful record of obtaining the amicable resolution of disputes through the mediation process on a broad array of complex legal matters ranging from transgender, labor and employment, civil rights, discrimination, hazing, bullying, child abuse, child neglect, open meetings, public records, construction, ethics and professionalism, collective bargaining, special education, and beyond.
Upon judicial nomination, Matthew John Markling has received mediation training through the Ohio Supreme Court, which is offered to select court-connected mediators through the Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section. Matt also demonstrates his personal dedication to mediation by offering pro bono mediation services to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as a member of the Ohio Mediation Association.