Mediation is a forum in which an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding among them. Mediation is fundamentally a process of assisted negotiation. What distinguishes mediation from other forms of dispute resolution is that mediation is non-adjudicatory. There is no fact finding, decision, or opinion by the third party (nonbinding or otherwise). The mediator acts as a catalyst and advocate for resolution of the dispute by assisting in the definition of the issues, dissolving obstacles to communication, exploring alternatives, and facilitating the process of negotiating an agreement with the parties and their counsel. In most cases, the court will order the parties to engage in mediation prior to trial of a lawsuit. Often, parties will choose pre-suit mediation in an effort to resolve their dispute before incurring substantial legal fees.
Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown are regularly appointed by Dallas county judges to mediate employment disputes and have completed all training required for court-appointed mediation. In addition, they are frequently selected by parties for non-ordered mediation in recognition of their experience and knowledge in employment law. Their practice on both sides of the docket allows them to effectively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of cases and to propose practical and effective strategies for resolution of employment disputes.