Process

Mediations may be initiated by contacting Phillip via e-mail.  When reaching out, please provide the following information.


  • Case name and venue.
  • Names of all parties and counsel of record.
  • Type of case (wage-and-hour, discrimination/wrongful termination, single-plaintiff or class-action, business dispute, etc.)
  • Proposed dates for mediation.
  • Proposed location of mediation.
  • Parties’ agreement regarding payment of mediation fees.


Phillip is happy to travel to the office of counsel willing to host the mediation.  He also has access to facilities throughout Southern California (a small facilities fee may apply).


The parties should submit mediation briefs along with relevant exhibits at least three (3) business days before the mediation.  Unless there is a unique issue of law in dispute, extensive legal briefing is not necessary. Instead, the briefs should focus on the key facts, case themes and pressure points.


Prior to the mediation, Phillip will reach out to counsel of record to discuss the goals of the parties, the key players, potential obstacles to resolution and history of any prior settlement negotiations.  Phillip believes that this pre-mediation conference is a great opportunity to get a head start on the process.


During the mediation, Phillip will use various approaches to facilitate communication and negotiation among the parties.  All individuals needed to effectuate a settlement should attend the mediation in person, including spouses, corporate executives and insurance carrier representatives.  However, if in-person appearance by a key decision maker is not possible, all other parties should be notified in advance so there are no surprises at the mediation.  All participants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.


Upon reaching a settlement, or if the matter is not resolved at the mediation, Phillip pledges to stay involved and continue to offer his services until a formal settlement agreement is finalized.