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The Breakthrough Mediation blog serves to engage our clients, the legal community and the public in a discussion about alternative dispute resolution. As leaders in mediation, arbitration and more, we strive to remain at the forefront of legal developments, trends and news in areas of law that pertain to ADR.

When is the Right Time to Use Mediation?

When is the Right Time to Use Mediation?

While mediation is the answer in many different settings, understanding the right time to use mediation, the requirements for mediation, and the right time to pursue other opportunities is absolutely essential.

5 Networking Tips for Lawyers

5 Networking Tips for Lawyers

As a lawyer, what are the most important tools in your toolbox? Encyclopedic knowledge of your area of specialty? The ability to communicate effectively with clients, judges, juries, mediators, insurance companies, law enforcement, medical professionals, etc.?...

Where to Find the Best CLE Resources

Where to Find the Best CLE Resources

As a legal professional, your education does not stop after you leave the classroom. If anything, it only intensifies. You learn every single day on the job, and each client, each proceeding, each outcome teaches you something new. And, of course, you need to complete...

7 Cheap Florida CLE Opportunities

7 Cheap Florida CLE Opportunities

Just because you have left the classroom behind, does not  mean that your education is over. Far from! Whether you are embarking on your first days on the job or you are a veteran with decades of experience, continuing legal education is essential. Not only does...

6 Advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution

6 Advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution

The fact of the matter is that the majority of legal disputes are resolved before going to trial. The process by which these conclusions arise is called ADR, or alternative dispute resolution. ADR is commonly practiced in every state and usually ordered by the court – with good reason. Read on to learn…

15 Negotiating Tips and Tricks to Use in Mediation

15 Negotiating Tips and Tricks to Use in Mediation

When disputes or conflicts develop, clients often are encouraged to enter into mediation. Unfortunately, some lawyers do not have a sound strategy for mediation and often this results in a less favorable outcome for his or her client. To obtain positive outcomes for...

Trial vs. Mediation: What’s Better for Your Client?

Trial vs. Mediation: What’s Better for Your Client?

You have heard the expression, “When you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”? In other words, you have one tool, and you’ll use it for any job. Unfortunately, this often applies when it comes to resolving disputes. The difference between trial and...

Mediation Styles: Which Is Best for Your Dispute?

Mediation Styles: Which Is Best for Your Dispute?

What kind of mediation style is best for your dispute - and which will help pave the road for a reasonable resolution? Many people are not aware or have incomplete knowledge of different mediation styles. Mediation is not one-size-fits-all. Knowing about...

Tips for Arbitration Success

Tips for Arbitration Success

“Arbitration” can seem like an intimidating word. While it is a method of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom, arbitration is binding, and decisions are enforceable in a court of law. It’s the final word, as it were. After reviewing evidence and hearing...

Zoom Mediation Tips

Zoom Mediation Tips

If there is one thing on which virtually everyone can agree, it is that COVID-19 has been a tremendously disruptive force. Ripple effects have been felt in every sector, from the economy and business to the workplace and interpersonal relationships. We have had to...

7 Benefits of Mediation

7 Benefits of Mediation

When you are enmeshed in disputes, attempting to resolve them can be antagonistic, adversarial, time-consuming, and, of course, expensive. And quite often, one or even both sides are dissatisfied with the process and the results. Mediation is an alternative method of...

Settlement versus Trial

Settlement versus Trial

A 2009 study from Cornell University found that nearly 70% of all civil cases settled out of court. Attorneys and mediation firms alike will tell you that most civil cases are settled out of court, but if your case is in the early stages of moving forward, you may...

Studies Show More People Prefer to Settle Without Trial

Studies Show More People Prefer to Settle Without Trial

If you’re going through mediation, settlement is the single best way to get the positive outcome you want, according to published research. More than that, though, it’s also the most popular method of resolving civil cases.  Stronger Outcomes When You Settle...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Settlement

Advantages and Disadvantages of Settlement

According to the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator, less than one percent of civil cases in the state actually make it to a trial. Instead, most cases settle out of court, and that leads many involved in a civil case to think about both the advantages...

Settlement Before Trial Out of Court

Settlement Before Trial Out of Court

Studies have shown that very few cases actually end up in a trial by judge or jury. Instead, many seek a settlement before trial, and for good reasons. There are a number of advantages to an agreement that helps settle a case out of court, both for plaintiffs and...

Five Stages of Mediation

Five Stages of Mediation

Taking a case to trial can be quite costly for nearly everyone involved, which is why so many companies and individuals are turning to mediation today. As a mediator, though, you may have training in a number of different areas, so understanding the process as well as...

Mediation Tips: What Not to Say During Mediation

Mediation Tips: What Not to Say During Mediation

Mediation is a delicate process. One of the best options for dispute resolution, it can be used in virtually every kind of case. To be successful, though, mediation means interested parties working together toward a settlement, and there are many different things that...