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Sean Casey is a certified mediator based in Pittsburgh, PA

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.

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, it avoids the:

  • time
  • expense
  • emotional investment, and
  • uncertainty of litigation

In my 23 years of practice as a mediation attorney, I have been involved with close to 200 mediations

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

I have 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 directed communication, which is where the skill of the mediator is put to the test.

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

I 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 my real world experience participating in so many mediations, I:

  • completed 40 hours of mediation training
  • am authorized by the court to serve as a mediator with the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • serve as a pro bono mediator for the EEOC's Pittsburgh Mediation Office
  • completed the 12-hour training and I am 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.

If you require the services of a mediator, please contact my office to discuss your case.

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