In today’s New York Law Journal Justice David B. Saxe wrote an extensive article endorsing mediation for divorce cases. In essence the judge supports mediation as a less costly and faster, more efficient way to resolve a divorce. He notes that many lawyers discourage mediation because it means a faster end to hostilities and lesser legal fees.
Although we do not handle divorces, we support this viewpoint for personal injury and property damage cases. Mediation is a less expensive and quicker way to settle cases. We have seen this in our own experience. Where possible, we mediate.
Don’t take our word for the benefits of mediation. Here is what Abraham Lincoln, the lawyer, wrote:
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser–in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has the superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
Mark E. Seitelman, 11/25/11, www.seitelman.com.