Common Ground specializes in negotiating the settlement of litigated cases and pre-litigation matters through the services of an experienced neutral in mediation. While the American legal adversary system of dispute resolution through trial has proven itself over centuries, it also leads to significant roadblocks to agreed dispositions. No advocate or party wishes to concede weaknesses, and even the most experienced can develop “blinders” to issues that are apparent to a sophisticated mediator.
Common Ground provides mediation services in matters ranging from simple injury cases to complex business disputes. Every matter is unique, and cannot be forced into a “cookie cutter” mediation platform. Some large damage case might be settled with only a relatively short mediation, while some “smaller” cases might require longer, and even multiple, sessions. Every potential mediation matter results in a pre-mediation consultation by our mediator to set the “ground” for the services— length, cost, participants, location, terms, and medium (virtual, in person, or combination). We also pride ourselves on post-mediation follow up.
We specialize in the settlement of major personal injury cases, business torts, contract disputes, partnership and corporate conflicts, agricultural matters, oil and gas cases, alternative energy issues, water issues, banking, labor and employment cases, products liability, class actions, and probate, estate, and trust matters. We also provide mediation for business matters such as partnership or corporate dissolutions outside of litigation. If a matter is not suitable for our mediation practice, we will let the parties know immediately. All mediations are conducted by written agreement pursuant to mediation confidentiality under the California Evidence Code.