Alternative Dispute Resolution In A Virtual World

Technology has been changing everything, and ADR is no different.  As someone who has a primary residence in Michigan and a second home in Arizona, I have been struggling with scheduling mediations and arbitrations for the blocks of time I spend at my second home. In the past I would jam all my in- person […]

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A Flexible Protocol for Pre-Suit and Early Stage Mediation in Business Disputes

In my experience as a neutral in business, technology and construction industry disputes, I’ve come to appreciate the effectiveness of Pre-Suit and Early Stage mediation. As a former business executive, I understand the value of minimizing disruption to business operations. If a dispute arises out of a business transaction, typically the parties have already negotiated […]

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TWO PREMi PROFESSIONALS RECEIVE HONORS

Mr. Paul Monicatti was selected as one of the thirty Leaders in the Law for 2019 by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW).The review process used by MLW includes the top lawyers and judges across the state of Michigan. Also, the Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Monicatti the Michigan Lawyer of the Year for 2019 […]

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WHAT’S A LITIGATOR TO DO – THE VANISHING JURY TRIAL AND THE LITIGOTIATION OPTION

It was so easy when I embarked upon a litigation career in 1978. In that bygone era, many clients expected and demanded aggressive litigation tactics and there was no dearth of extremely talented trial lawyers ready and willing to satisfy the desires of these clients and it was not unusual for these litigators to take […]

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CREATING A WINNING MEDIATION STATEMENT

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The author of this statement is unknown. Some ascribe it to Oscar Wilde, others to Will Rogers. The only confirmed source dates back to 1966 and a men’s suit maker. Regardless, the statement is powerful and true. When it comes to commercial mediations, the […]

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MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT STREAMLINES PROCESS FOR PARTIES WORKING COLLABORATIVELY IN FAMILY LAW CASES By Lisa Taylor

For many years, the Supreme Court has been encouraging alternate dispute resolution for domestic relations cases, beginning with adoption of the mediation court rules 15 years ago, MCR 3.216, and continuing with its support of the recent adoption of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, MCL 691.1331 et. seq., effective December 8, 2014, the Consent Judgment […]

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