I bring my diverse experience in the public and private sectors to my active trial... more
I bring my diverse experience in the public and private sectors to my active trial practice. Elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 2007, I served the Municipality of Anchorage as its first acting Mayor from January to June 2009. I work withthe Firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and regularly provide legal advise to individuals and small businesses. I also work as an arbitrator and a med... view profile
Stefan Otterson practiced business law for a year before moving to family law in... more
Stefan Otterson practiced business law for a year before moving to family law in 1990. Since then he has represented state agencies, foster children, juvenile delinquents, parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and adoption agencies. He has worked in every aspect of family law, family mediation, and collaborative law. He has worked with Native Alaskan tribal courts and State Superior Cour... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.