Melissa Machen Shannahan has been practicing law for over 10 years. She is a Georgia... more
Melissa Machen Shannahan has been practicing law for over 10 years. She is a Georgia native and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Maryland. She graduated with a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1997 and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003. After working as a judicial clerk, Melissa's practice in Maryland focused primarily on estate planning, business tran... view profile
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Thank you for visiting my Avvo profile. After a successful career leading some of the world’s largest corporations, I pursued my dream of becoming an Attorney to assist people through some of life's toughest journeys. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your goals and determine a path forward that is perfect for you. .
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.