Dona Cohn-Payne has been practicing personal injury law for over27 years. She has... more
Dona Cohn-Payne has been practicing personal injury law for over27 years. She has extensive experience in automobile personal injury, civil litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, and products liability. She has been heavily involved in all aspects of litigation and mediation process. Ms. Cohn-Payne is also a judge pro-tem, adiscovery facilitator with the Sonoma County Superior... 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.