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Is It a Good Mediated Settlement If Everyone Goes Away Unhappy? No!

ROBERT G. HEYWOOD, Esq. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA I've been a mediator in over 1,000 workers' compensation and related cases for over 20 years and have participated in hundreds more as an advocate. During this time, I have occasionally heard attorneys tell their clients something along the lines of, "If everyone goes away unhappy, it's a good settlement.” Even worse, I've heard mediators say, "If everyone goes away unhappy, I've done my job." In my experience as a mediator, statements like this are just plain wrong. When I hear an attorney say things like this to a client, I immediately do my best... Read More