Since founding Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, PC, in... more
Since founding Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, PC, in 1977, Joe Garrison has become the leading employment lawyer in Connecticut and one of the most prominent employee rights advocates in the United States. His current practice draws upon his vast experience as a trial lawyer and negotiator, andcombines the representation of individuals in litigation with an expandin... view profile
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE It was life experience that led me to the law and, in particular,... more
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE It was life experience that led me to the law and, in particular, family law. Born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, I was a young married woman, working as a clerk and going to school part time to earn a bachelor's degree when my six year marriage ended. There was a silver lining to the difficult and painful year-long divorce that followed. It was during this time ... 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.