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Employment Law Mediation Services

Charlotte Employment Law Mediation Services

Jon Adams and Tamara Huckert are NC Certified Superior Court Mediators and can serve as mediators for both Superior and District Court matters, as well as pre-litigation matters, throughout North Carolina.  Jon and Tamara have represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment law matters, so they bring a unique perspective to the mediation process that is often successful in resolving employment disputes.

Chris Strianese serves as an employment law mediator in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. While he now practices plaintiff-side employment law, he spent nearly a decade practicing defense-side employment law for a large law firm. Because he has been on both sides, he brings a unique perspective to the mediation process, and has had significant success in bringing parties together to resolve employment disputes.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a settlement-conference process that helps parties to resolve legal disputes. Often, mediation will allow the parties to reach faster and better economic results than they would achieve in litigation. Most cases that mediate are successful in reaching a settlement.

Mediation is confidential and as mediators, Jon and Tamara will not disclose disclose information from the mediation to any third-party. Information exchanged in the mediation cannot be used as evidence in the legal dispute.

State and Federal courts in North Carolina nearly always require litigants to attend mediation. Courts understand that mediation can be highly effective in resolving disputes. Regardless of whether attendance at mediation is mandatory, the parties decide whether to settle and the terms of the settlement.

What is the Mediation Process?

Strianese Huckert LLP mediators provide effective and flexible mediation services in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina.  As mediators, they work hard to bring the parties together while also being respectful of the litigants’ positions.  In mediation, mediators do not provide legal advice to either party, but Mr. Adams and Ms. Huckert use their employment law experience to point out the risks inherent in employment litigation and the areas of potential common ground between the parties.

The mediation process generally proceeds as follows:

Once the Court has ordered mediation or the other party has agreed to mediate voluntarily, you should contact Mr. Adams or Ms. Huckert to arrange mediation services.

Before the mediation, our mediators generally request that the parties…the other side.  Once received, our mediators will review in detail all information submitted by the parties.

A one day mediation session can be scheduled promptly at any location the parties agree upon. At the mediation session, your mediator will facilitate the discussion acting as an independent intermediary between the parties. He will assist the parties in exchanging information and settlement offers.  He uses his knowledge of the employment law system to give each party feedback on the potential strengths and risks in their case.

What Does A Mediation Cost?

Mr. Adams and Ms. Huckert charge their customary hourly rates for preparation, travel, and mediation time.  If the mediation is Court ordered, the rules state the parties are to split the mediation fee equally by the number of parties to the mediation; however, the parties can agree otherwise in the mediation.