What is Mediation?
Mediation is a private process where a neutral third person, the mediator, helps the parties discuss the dispute in an effort to try to resolve it. Each party has the opportunity to describe the issues, provide information, and discuss their interests and feelings in confidence with the mediator with the goal of exploring ideas for the resolution of the dispute. Since sharing useful information is key for any successful mediation, each party is afforded confidentiality in order to keep an open line of communication. At which point, the mediator shuttles back and forth between the parties relaying data, positions of the other side, and potential solutions. The only people who can resolve the dispute in mediation are the parties themselves. When the parties reach an agreement, the agreement is reduced to an enforceable written contract, which may be enforceable in court. While the process is voluntary in that the parties are not required to come to agreement, the right mediator can help the parties find a solution that is mutually acceptable.
Mr. Fordiani is a mediator trained and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been involved in resolving hundreds of cases from employment related matters, workplace harassment and wrongful termination, to personal injury claims, auto and motorcycle collisions, and construction defect disputes.