Jacques Smith is a seniorpartner at Arent Fox LLP where he focuses on the litigation... more
Jacques Smith is a seniorpartner at Arent Fox LLP where he focuses on the litigation of complex commercial matters. Jacques is an AV rated attorney and has amassed over a decade of experience handling jury, bench, and administrative trials in a variety of civil and criminal cases. His principal litigation experience is in the areas of complex federal court litigation, intellectual property,and ... 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.