Category Archives: Dispute Resolution

BASF’s Mediation Program Just Got Better for Members

By Marilyn King, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Manager This year The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Mediation Services was selected for The Recorder’s Best “Hall of Fame” for five continuous…

Destination Australia and Cambodia: Construction and ADR

Elizabeth Tippin During August I had a wonderful adventure in Australia and Cambodia lecturing at Melbourne University and researching construction and dispute resolution. As guest lecturer for a “Risk in…

Meet BASF Mediation Services Newest Panelist: Gabriel Bellman

BASF Mediation Services is pleased to welcome Gabriel L. Bellman to our panel of mediators. Before becoming a mediator, Bellman helped start several award-winning television series for MTV, and directed…

Staying Present at Contentious Mediations

With BASF’s Putting for the Pipeline golf tournament coming in October, my mind turned to the similarities between the most mental of all sports and mediation. Playing golf is much more than hitting a ball with…

Mediating Environmental Disputes, Part 2: Challenges of NGO and Government Agency Participants

Lizbeth Hasse, Creative Industry Law Read the first part: Mediating Environmental Disputes, Part I: Addressing the Long Term in the Present Mediation is an especially useful forum for environmental disputes because it…

Mediating Environmental Disputes, Part I: Addressing the Long Term in the Present

Lizbeth Hasse, Creative Industry Law Disputes over environmental degradation and natural re-sources were a growth industry in the 1970’s. New federal statutes and agencies provided focused ways to address environmental…

Negotiating Agreements in the Middle East

Fred Carr, Carr & Venner ADR Serving as legal counsel in various capacities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates between 2008 and 2012, negotiating agreements between private, governmental and NGO…

BASF Celebrates Ten Years of Satisfied Mediation Services Clients

Marilyn King, Alternative Dispute Resolutions Manager, BASF Since 2003, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) ADR program has provided quality mediation services for matters at all stages of the…

What a Mediator Would Like to See in a Mediation Brief

In many cases mediation is the most cost-efficient and effective method of resolving a case. Often, litigants can save a lot of money and time when mediation is held after first tier discovery has been completed, once the core facts are determined that circumscribe the dispute.

Consider Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Sometimes clients will fail to pay or dispute your bill because they are disappointed at the outcome of litigation, or, whilst your work was properly performed, your billing methods lack transparency, leaving the client unable to understand the bill, frustrated and legitimately asking questions. In the worst situations, the work actually may have fallen below the client’s reasonable expectations or the standard of care and the fee was undeserved.