Chicago-area based, Building Bridges Mediation Services brings disputing parties together to resolve their conflict in a mutually beneficial manner.
For more than 20 years, I represented clients as a litigation attorney in hundreds of cases involving disputes over money, property, and principles. Often these disputes were between parties who actually benefitted in many ways from their relationships, but had hit a roadblock over issues that threatened not only to cost them a great deal financially, but also risked loss of their valued personal or business relationships. During my legal career, I discovered that in many situations, my clients’ interests could be better served through early mediation of their disputes, before an exorbitant amount of time and money were invested in a legal battle.
The assistance of a mediator as neutral third party facilitates open communication between adversarial parties. In addition, the confidential mediation arena provides a safe haven for airing of differences and a productive environment for crafting a mutually beneficial resolution of many disputes. In some instances, the relationship between the adversarial parties is ultimately strengthened by the opportunity mediation provides for them to be heard and understood by each other in a way not previously experienced.
If you are stressed and distressed by a conflict in your business or personal life, I urge you to seriously consider mediation as a method for resolving your dispute. Whether you are already involved in legal action or contemplating becoming so, mediation can help clarify issues and enable productive communications, often resulting in an expeditious and creative resolution of any conflict.
My deep-rooted conviction that mediation empowers the parties in a dispute to fashion their own best solutions compelled me to rethink my profession as a legal advocate. I believe there is more value in helping people bring peace and peace of mind back into their lives, rather than perpetuating their misery in litigation. I would be privileged to assist you in building a bridge that circumvents whatever obstacles are preventing resolution of your dispute. Please contact me by telephone, email, facsimile or mail and I will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours of receipt.
Contract disputes Loan agreement and finance lease disputesDisputes with clients, customers, creditors or vendors Fraud and misrepresentation. Lien priority disputes Disputes between owners, officers, or partnersLiquidation and dissolution issues Attorney’s fee disputes
Landlord-tenant disputes Lease interpretation and performanceLien priority disputes
Preferences Claim disputes Lien priority disputesFraudulent transfersRelief from Stay
Center for Conflict Resolution, 40-hour mediation skills training – Financial Mediation & Debt Settlement – Commercial Mediation – Ten Mistakes Even Good Mediators Make – Special Tips for Representing Parties in Mediation – Lessons from the Mediation Front
Partner, Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP (1998-2012) Associate, Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP (1991-1998)
Case assessment and litigation – Law and motion – Discovery – Settlement consulting, analysis, and strategy – Arbitration preparation through decision – Mediation preparation through completion – Trial preparation through verdict – Appeal preparation through decision