Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year from Orlando Mediator!

It has been almost five years since this blog was created by Orlando Mediator, Lawrence H. Kolin, to explore issues and trends in dispute resolution. In that time, this weblog has become an officially-listed "Blawg" of the American Bar Association's ABA Journal. My full-time alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice has continually evolved since first becoming certified in 2001 in Circuit-Civil and County mediation by the Florida Supreme Court. I have recently joined the prestigious national ADR firm, Upchurch Watson White & Max, known for facilitating reasonable agreements to resolve difficult issues. I continue to handle resolutions of complex cases in state and federal trial courts, as well as appellate mediation. Though litigation costs remain high, filings have slowly risen as the economy finally recovers, with early settlements still popular in business cases. Pre-suit mediation can be effective if the parties have enough information to evaluate their positions in the potential litigation. Another development has been the advent of electronic discovery in state courts and the struggle by judges and lawyers to get a handle on the necessity and expense of producing and exchanging data in proportion to the amount in controversy. Routine early mediation of these e-discovery issues by an experienced E-Neutral can actually help narrow the scope of electronically stored information (ESI) and return the focus of the parties to the merits of the case. I look forward to another great year of highlighting the current news and latest directions ADR is taking in the 21st Century. Thanks for joining me along the way!