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Mediation

Gitanjali "Mishty" Deb

Gitanjali "Mishty" Deb

Why Mediate?

You can avoid the stress and drama of litigation while saving time and money by settling your case through the collaborative process of mediation. Litigation can takes months or years and tens of thousands of dollars.
Mediation allows parties to settle their cases before they go to trial. Of course if the parties could work out their issues without help they wouldn’t be in court to begin with. That is why using a skilled mediator, who is  objective, compassionate, trained and knowledgeable, like Mishty Deb is so important.
Mishty is an experienced attorney committed to empowering parties to resolve their own disputes through mediation. She does this by actively encouraging participation and openness. Not only is she experienced in mediating a wide variety of types and sizes of cases, but she is also a licensed attorney. She has personal experience representing and advising her clients through mediation. She understands the important role that attorneys play in mediation as advocates for their clients.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process where a mediator, like Mishty, facilitates communication between two or more disputing parties and helps them navigate the process to settle their disputes. The mediator is impartial and doesn’t provide a judgment or a ruling. The mediator’s job is to promote understanding and settlement. Because the process is collaborative, neither party can force the other to settle or agree. This allows the parties to not only be in control of their own destinies, but come up with their own solutions. That is why mediated settlements are more likely to work and last in many situations than court orders.

How does it work?

The mediation process is flexible and many cases settle in a half or full day session. Both parties must agree to mediate and must do so in good faith. Sessions are usually booked in half or full day blocks (full days include lunch provided by us). Depending on the type of  dispute, parties may be in the same room or in separate rooms for part of the event or for the entire process. The process is flexible and can be controlled by the parties to accommodate specific situations.   
 

If a settlement is reached, it is written up into a mediated settlement agreement or MSA. An MSA functions as a legally enforceable contract. Mediations are confidential and material discovered during a mediation cannot be used in court. This confidentiality allows parties to be more free in their communications than they are in the adversarial litigation process.

What if it doesn’t Settle?

If a case doesn’t settle then there are basically 2 options. If the parties feel like they are close and just need more time, they can book another session. If the parties are just too far apart and settlement does not seem reasonably expected.

What types of cases do you mediate?

Mishty is experienced in mediating a wide variety of cases from divorce and custody issues to civil cases regarding contracts, insurance, personal injury, non-profits, etc. She has experience in all types and sizes of cases as well as working with parties that come from very diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. 

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