Lorene Schaefer, Esq., is an attorney who works as a mediator, impartial workplace investigator and expert witness in employer-employee relations cases. At Workplace Investigations... more
Lorene Schaefer, Esq., is an attorney who works as a mediator, impartial workplace investigator and expert witness in employer-employee relations cases. At Workplace Investigations Group, she conducts impartial investigations nationwide and delivers training on how to conduct an effective investigation. She is also a mediator with One Mediation, Inc. Prior to founding Workplace Investigations G... 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.