After I graduated 10th in a class of 176 from Stowe High School, McKees Rocks, PA, I... more
After I graduated 10th in a class of 176 from Stowe High School, McKees Rocks, PA, I attended the University of Miami on an academic scholarship where I was inducted as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting in 1970. Afterward, I attend University of Florida Law School graduating with my Juris Doctorate in 1973. I began private practice in... view profile
John Ralls, a retired physician, is active in the oil and gas industry assisting... more
John Ralls, a retired physician, is active in the oil and gas industry assisting land owners and mineral owners in negotiations with petroleum companies. In addition to his legal experience in natural resource law, Ralls holds a B.S. in Geology with additional training in the field of petroleum geology. Ralls works in the areas of exploration and discovery, production and secondary recover... 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.