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ApproachFour


 

...I listen carefully and patiently to what each of the parties has to say, which tends to make the parties feel understood and more open to acknowledging the risks involved in proceeding to trial.

One of my specialties over the past 35 years has been working with people from over 50 countries, as both a lawyer and a mediator. I have learned how to relate to diverse cultures, including how to be non-judgmental about cultural differences and to genuinely hear what people are trying to communicate. As a result, I can adjust my mediation style and pace, where appropriate, to help parties and counsel feel comfortable. More and more people are moving to California from other countries, or are first or second generation Americans who may still be significantly influenced by the negotiation styles of their cultures, so these cross-cultural skills can sometimes be very helpful in facilitating settlements.


 

"Your services as our mediator were superb. I'm convinced we wouldn't have settled this case without your artful participation; you crafted the mediation with exceptional attention to detail and thorough preparation of counsel prior to the mediation session and then infused the mediation itself with the proper mix of merits and economics."

 

Dennis D. Brown

Law Offices of

Dennis D. Brown

San Jose, California