How Long Does It Take?
Many cases are resolved in three to four hours.
Normally, mediation does not exceed one day. However, since each case is
unique, artificial time limits are not imposed. The patient exploration
of both rational and irrational arguments can lead to agreement between
the parties and often give way to settlement.
How Does Mediation Work?
Mediation may be thought of as "assisted
negotiation". It is most successful when all parties are truly
interested in resolving their dispute. Parties must come to the
mediation with their settlement positions well-analyzed, with sufficient
bargaining authority to resolve the issues, and with an open mind.
GMS believes that all parties, including the mediator,
should come to the mediation well-prepared. Prior to the mediation, the
parties will be invited to submit position papers. This will allow your
mediator to learn specific problem areas which may exist as a hindrance
On the day of the mediation, the mediator will meet
confidentially with the parties. There is a three-fold purpose to this
meeting: (1) develop a sense of the conflict; (2) assess the settlement
objectives; and (3) identify settlement problems that could thwart the
successful resolution of the case. In this way, the mediator can help
the parties put the case in the best settlement posture at the outset.
During the course of the mediation, the mediator will act as
a facilitator by moving between the parties to narrow the issues and
explore mutually acceptable options. Through his expertise and
experience, our mediator will assist the parties to reach a resolution
that is not only equitable, but satisfactory to all the parties
How Much Does Mediation Cost?
Generally, GMS mediations are charged at the rate of $125 per hour, per party,
beginning from the arranged appointment time. In workers’ compensation
cases, the employer and insurer are usually considered to be one party.
In personal injury cases, the insurer and the defendant are usually
considered to be one party. Therefore, most mediations are conducted at a
total cost of $250 per hour.
In addition, a one-time administrative fee is charged. This
fee covers scheduling, billing, travel time to and from the mediation
within the metro-Atlanta area, and the review of up to a five-page
position paper from each party. The review of additional records prior
to or following the mediation will be billed at the stated hourly rate.
Counties in the metro area that are served without
additional travel expenses include: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson,
DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Lumpkin,
Paulding, and Rockdale.
Where Are Mediations Held?
GMS mediators are flexible as to time and location of
the mediation. We conduct mediations regularly throughout the state of
Georgia. Although neutral premises are available in our offices, it is
often more convenient for mediations to be held at the law firm
representing either the plaintiff or the defendant.