Ten Tips for Your Practice: Representing Clients Effectively in Mediation

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: November 08, 2019
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  • Preparing for Mediation
  • Negotiating Techniques
  • Forms and Agreements
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Recorded: November 8, 2019


Clients in the mediation process generally seek counsel to assist in developing a compromise solution to avoid litigation. Careful selection of an attorney who will represent the client’s interest is paramount to the process. Thus, clients should select an attorney who knows how to share information strategically, prepare a written overview of the case, and carefully review the written agreement. This course is essential for attorneys who wish to design and manage effective mediations through durable agreements and techniques that break through impasses.

This program was recorded on November 8th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Daniel J. Gandert

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Daniel Gandert is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Law School. Gandert teaches the Negotiation Workshop and serves as faculty in the Lawyer as Problem Solver program. He also provides facilitation and conflict resolution training for the Student Bar Association's Committee for Community Dialogue at Northwestern Law School. Gandert is a certified mediator. Additionally, he coordinates programming and advises international students at Northwestern Law School. Gandert has served as faculty advisor for the International Team Project and has run programs in Brazil and Tanzania. Gandert is an alumnus of Northwestern Law School where he received the Wigmore Key Award which is presented each year to the "graduating student who has done the most to help preserve the traditions of the law school." He has a passion for Olympic sports and an interest in international sports arbitration. Gandert has presented his research on international sports arbitration at the International Association Sports Law World Congress on Sports Law.

Christopher Honeyman

Managing Partner
Convenor Conflict Management

?Chris Honeyman (Managing Partner) has served as a consultant to numerous academic and practical conflict resolution programs in the U.S. and abroad, and as a mediator, arbitrator and in other neutral capacities in more than 2,000 disputes since the 1970s.

He has served since 2003 as co-director of the Canon of Negotiation Initiative, an effort to find the essential sources of understanding of negotiation among more than 30 contributing fields, and to make them understandable and coherent to people with other specialties. From 2007-2013 he served as co-director of Rethinking Negotiation Teaching, a major project to revamp the content and methods of negotiation teaching worldwide. From 2004-2009 he served as lead external consultant to ADR Center (Rome), the largest dispute resolution firm in continental Europe, with a particular focus on design of ADR Center's multinational projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. From 2004-2008 he served as evaluator to a team of six U.S. and European law schools, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the E.U.'s equivalent agency to design better methods of aligning American and European teaching of negotiation and other forms of ADR. And from 1990-2006 he was director of an extensive succession of Hewlett Foundation-funded research-and-development programs, of national or international scale, including Broad Field (2002-2005), Theory to Practice (1997-2002) and the Test Design Project (1990-1995.)

Chris is co-editor of the new Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers (ABA 2019), the two-volume Negotiator's Desk Reference (2017, DRI Press), the four-volume Rethinking Negotiation Teaching series (DRI Press 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and The Negotiator's Fieldbook (ABA 2006.) He is also author or co-author of more than 100 published articles, book chapters and monographs on dispute resolution ideas, infrastructure, quality control and ethics. He has held a variety of committee and advisory roles for the ABA and other organizations.

Bibianne Fell

Fell Law, PC

Bibi is the founder of Fell Law PC, formerly of Gomez Trial Attorneys. Bibi primarily practices in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice. Bibi has been recognized for her work and extraordinary results for her clients. She has been selected to be a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Distinguished Counsel’s Nation’s Top One Percent, and the American Academy of Trial Attorney’s Premier 100, Superlawyers, and “Top Attorneys in Southern California.”

Some of Bibi’s recent noteworthy results include a $105,000,000 verdict in a medical fraud case wherein she served as lead trial counsel, a $15,000,000 wage and hour class action settlement, a $5,000,000 settlement for a boy hit while riding a bicycle, and a $1,250,000 settlement in a drunk driving case.

Bibi gives back to the legal community by teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy at the University of San Diego, School of Law, serving as the program director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Pacific Deposition Skills program, and teaching trial skills through NITA around the country and in Northern Ireland.

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