Michael Riley is a third-generation Madison lawyer. Mike concentrates his practice... more
Michael Riley is a third-generation Madison lawyer. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, insurance issues, mediation and arbitration. He has lectured and written extensively on matters relating to the preparation and trial of lawsuits. Mike has taught trial advocacy and negotiation at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a featured speaker at a number ... view profile
I serve as counsel for numerous businesses, engineering firms, financial... more
I serve as counsel for numerous businesses, engineering firms, financial institutions, nursing and elder care homes, and hospitals. My commercial practice includes resolving a variety of matters relating to contracts, the environment, real estate, employment, financing, general business issues and business litigation.I work with clients on acquisitions, including those involving professional an... 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.