Mary Jane Trapp is recognized throughout the state and nationally for her... more
Mary Jane Trapp is recognized throughout the state and nationally for her distinguished legal knowledge and experience. Ms. Trapp, a leader in legal reform issues and past president of the Ohio State Bar Association, was elected to the Eleventh District Court of Appeals in November 2006 and served a six year term ending February 2013, hearing cases from five counties in northeast Ohio, Ashtabul... view profile
Stephanie L. Lingle has been practicing law since 2008, with a focus on criminal law,... more
Stephanie L. Lingle has been practicing law since 2008, with a focus on criminal law, famly law, and LGBTQ rights. Before launching Lingle Legal Services, LLC, she was a prosecutor and counsel to agencies overseeing child support and child protective services. Attorney Lingle holds a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she won the Hergenroeder Award in Tri... 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.