In our last post, we began speaking about the critical importance of neutrality in the mediation process. Because mediators have a duty to be neutral toward both parties, you cannot use the same criteria to select a mediator that you would use to select an attorney. Mediators may, of course, be seasoned attorneys, but the point is that it is not the purpose of a mediator to zealously advocate for any parties in a dispute.
Mediation can be a very effective way to resolve disputes, but much of the power of mediation lies in the specific mediator the parties end up working with. Not all mediators have the same approach or equal skill in helping parties to resolve a dispute, so it is important to consider how to make the best possible selection.