Richard M. Williams, Partner with Gray·Duffy, LLP, has more than 35 years of complex... more
Richard M. Williams, Partner with Gray·Duffy, LLP, has more than 35 years of complex litigation experience including class action matters, and has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. His practice covers a breadth of litigation matters including product and premises liability, catastrophic and other personal injury, public entity defense, professional negligence... view profile
I help businesses resolve their disputes, especially ERISA and insolvency and... more
I help businesses resolve their disputes, especially ERISA and insolvency and creditors disputes. I have tried, arbitrated and mediated disputes with resolutions of up to $47 million throughout California and in Washington, D.C., Boston and New York and other states as well as Mexico. I have represented businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of matters, including (aside from ER... 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.