Mediation – Business Disputes

Not only is Wes Kozeny is an attorney, but he is also a businessman.  He has real world experience in all phases of business across different industries.  Areas of expertise and experience include starting, growing, managing, buying and selling businesses;  applied leadership and management skills; business operations and management;  employer-employee relations;  partner/principal relations; layers of management, team dynamics, client/customer relations, vendor relations; board of directors governance issues, board-executive relations.  With over 30 years of business experience, Wes has the knowledge, skills and experience to help you resolve your business related dispute.

Mediation – General Civil

Mediation is a process in which a neutral third-party assists in resolving a dispute between two or more other parties. It is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, assist them in focusing on the real issues of the dispute, and generate options that meet the interests or needs of all relevant parties in an effort to resolve the conflict more quickly and cost effectively than litigation.

A mediator does not decide the outcome of the dispute for the parties; a mediator assists the parties to develop a solution themselves. Although mediators sometimes provide ideas, suggestions, or even formal proposals for settlement, the mediator is primarily a “process person,” helping the parties define the agenda, identify and reframe the issues, communicate more effectively, find areas of common ground, negotiate fairly, and hopefully, reach an agreement. A successful mediation effort has an outcome that is accepted and owned by the parties themselves.  It empowers the party to determine their resolution rather than having a judge or jury impose an all or nothing result.

Mediation is widely used in all sorts of disputes, ranging from divorces to civil lawsuits to very complex public policy problems to international conflicts. Many disputes that have not responded to an initial attempt at negotiation can still be settled through mediation. Even when conflicts are seemingly intractable, they sometimes yield to mediation. Mediation is of particular importance in long-running, deep-rooted conflicts, as this type of conflict is rarely resolved without such outside assistance. Even if the full range of grievances cannot be resolved, mediation is often useful for dealing with particular limited aspects of the wider conflict.

If an ongoing business relation is important to the parties, mediation can be effective in resolving a dispute in a way that preserves ongoing business relationships and goodwill.

Mediation – Domestic Relations

Divorce litigation can be some of the most emotional and costly litigation a person may face during their lifetime.  But when the welfare of your children is involved and the ongoing relationship of the parents to their children depends on how you handle your divorce, litigation is not the best approach to handling the dissolution of your marriage.   Additionally, fees and costs associated with a contested divorce case can easily cost you tens of thousands of dollars.  If you are a divorcing couple that is concerned about a good outcome for your children following the divorce, wish to get through the process as quickly as possible, and would rather not give significant amounts of your limited financial resources to attorneys in a court process where you lose a large degree of control over the process and outcomes – divorce mediation may be the answer for you.  We provide a setting and process which empowers you to make the decisions about your children and assets, preserving your available cash and credit when you need it most.

Quick.  Cost Effective.  Empowers You.  That’s what our divorce mediation program has to offer.  You work with our mediator to prepare the required paperwork (schedules, parenting plan, settlement agreement, etc).  Once that’s done, we will refer you to an attorney to sponsor your pre-packaged divorce to the court for finalization.

You can get started immediately with mediation and do not have to have an attorney prior to starting the mediation process.  If you already have an attorney or you are in the middle of a protracted court battle, mediation can offer a pathway to resolution with the same benefits mentioned above.   Mediation is also a controlled process and setting where you can learn and practice new communication and conflict resolution skills as you conclude your intimate relationship and enter into your ongoing business relationship to co-parent your children and get on with your separate lives.

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An arbitrator is a person who decides your case on its merits, outside of the normal judicial process.   Your case would be presented in similar fashion to the arbitrator and decided consistently with the rules agreed by the parties.  Arbitration will result in a final and binding decision.  A contractual agreement must exist between the parties to the dispute in order for a binding arbitration to occur.  The advantage to arbitration is that it is typically faster, more informal, and less costly than litigation.  The process is also private and confidential.