Brian A. Pappas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director... more
Brian A. Pappas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at MSU College of Law, is a civil and domestic relations mediator trained and experienced in both facilitative and transformative methods. A certified civil and domestic relations facilitative mediation trainer, Mr. Pappas teaches civil mediation, domestic relations mediation, adv... view profile
I have a statewide Criminal Defense practice. I have represented clients in more... more
I have a statewide Criminal Defense practice. I have represented clients in more than 50 of Michigan's 83 counties, including the Upper Penninsula. I treat my clients like I would want to be treated if I hired a lawyer. I give all my clients my cell phone and make it a practice to return all calls the same day or within 24 hours. I have handled all types of felonies and misdemeanors, for exam... view profile
After serving 20 years on the bench as a Circuit and District Court Judge, I have... more
After serving 20 years on the bench as a Circuit and District Court Judge, I have returned to private practice at the Fraser Law Firm in Lansing. My goal is to grow a civil and family law mediation practice with special emphasis on cases involving medical issues so that I can utilize my registered nurse background
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.