How And Why Mediation Works

Mediation has evolved as the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) tool of choice in many areas of civil litigation.

In Pennsylvania, there are mandatory ADR provisions for cases filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and there is a mandatory mediation provision in the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.

By choice, many parties use mediation when they are unable to reach resolution among themselves.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution that allows the parties to maintain control of the process and discussion, without the drama that often accompanies such negotiations.

Further, mediation eliminates the time, expense, emotional investment and uncertainty of litigation.

Attorney Sean A. Casey's Mediation Experience

In his years of practice, attorney Sean A. Casey has been involved with close to 200 mediations.

In his early years, he acted in the role of advocate, and over the last few years he served as a mediator with qualifications in both mediation and collaborative law.

He has found the process of mediation effective and efficient for resolving cases such as:

  • Mass tort litigation
  • Workers' compensation
  • Auto accident
  • Employment

The key is always clear and direct communication, which is where the skill of the mediator is put to the test.

Having served and participated in many mediations over the years, attorney Casey developed an aptitude for identifying critical points in the process where discussions break down. He is skilled at refocusing the discussion to avoid those impediments to resolution.

He has found that both sides often acknowledge their wish to resolve the present conflict and move on to the more productive and fulfilling aspects of the their lives. That is the investment and mutual purpose that the parties can build on.

In addition to his real-world experience participating in many mediations, attorney Casey:

  • Completed 40 hours of mediation training
  • Is authorized by the court to serve as a mediator with the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Serves as a pro bono mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's mediation office in Pittsburgh
  • Completed the 12-hour training and is certified in collaborative law through the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), which provides another very useful perspective and skill set in the mediation process

How To Contact Attorney Sean A. Casey

If you need a certified mediation lawyer to help resolve your dispute, call Sean A. Casey Attorney at Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at 412-802-9236, or contact him online.