Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC can provide mediation services in civil disputes. Attorney Carlo D. Colosimo is a Court Approved mediator in both the 16th and 23rd Judicial Circuits. Mr. Colosimo is a graduate of the Northwestern University Family Medication Course, from which he has received his certification in family law mediation.
Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party intervenes between two conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise. Mediation is an effective tool for resolving almost all civil (non-criminal) disputes.
Mediation attorneys provide disputing parties with the opportunity to identify and cope with divisive interpersonal issues not originally thought to be part of the dispute. Typical mediation cases often involve:
- Divorce settlements
- Child custody agreements
- Child support agreements
- Spousal Support/Alimony agreements
- Contractual disputes
- Landlord and tenant conflicts
- Employment disputes
- Mediation vs. Litigation
Mediation is a much more cost and time-effective choice for many people. A court trial is far more expensive then mediation because litigation must go through lengthy processes such as discovery to gather evidence and information about the case, which requires excessive time and money. Mediation is often resolved in one to just a few sessions at a fraction of the cost. Mediation also leaves the outcome of the case in the hands of the disputing parties rather than waiting on the word of a judge or jury. Often, the parties in mediation are able to create a solution a court might not able to make. Mediation is also a private and completely confidential process; the parties need not disclose information to the public unlike a public court file, court trials, as a rule, must transcribe everything said onto the public record.
As a trained and certified mediator, Attorney Colosimo can make the difference between and amicable settlement which saves both parties’ significant time and money, or an absolute waste of time that will result in inevitable litigation. Without a trained, experienced and dedicated mediator, there really is no sense in attempting to mediate a dispute.
Private lawyers in the mediation process also sometimes represent the individual parties, especially if the case involves substantial property or legal rights. It is wise to consult with a lawyer prior to engaging in mediation so you can understand the issues in your case. Bear in mind that the private attorney representing either part cannot act as the mediator, nor can the mediator then be retained by either party should the mediation fail.
Please note: Mediation is not the same as arbitration. An arbitrator acts as a judge and conducts a hearing between the parties, than renders a legally binding decision. Arbitration, which has long been used to resolve commercial and labor disputes, resembles a court hearing with witnesses called and evidence taken.