Los Angeles Mediation for Effective Dispute Resolution
The goal of mediation is to allow parties the opportunity to listen to one another, negotiate meaningfully, and reach a mutually agreeable settlement. For a mediation to be effective, the parties should have a full understanding and appreciation of the important issues and interests underlying the dispute.
Los Angeles mediator Mark Lewis uses his legal and business background to help a wide range of companies, individuals and organizations effectively resolve their disputes through mediation. Having served as a Senior Vice President of a public company, as well as guiding his own business from startup through exit, Mark has practical, “in-the-field” experience with the types of conflicts faced by large and small businesses. He works to understand the underlying needs and interests of executives, employees, consumers, business owners, and other parties to a dispute, and utilizes his communication and peacemaking skills to help move dialog forward towards resolution. Learn more about Mark's background and experience.
Mediating Business and Commercial Disputes
Mark mediates a range of matters, with a particular concentration on business and commercial disputes. His Los Angeles business mediation practice includes:
- Licensing and Merchandising disputes
- Commercial contracts disputes
- Partnership, shareholder and other co-ownership conflicts
- Disputes among stakeholders
- Intellectual Property claims
- Business Dissolutions
- Family Businesses
- Client complaints against professionals and fiduciaries
- Franchise disputes
- Disputes between businesses and consumers
- Disputes between vendors and purchasers
Mediating Employment and Workplace Disputes
Mark mediates employment and workplace disputes to help parties reach settlement and, when desired, maintain a productive working relationship going forward. Mark appreciates that workplace disputes are often highly-charged and has experience managing the interpersonal conflicts that often arise in these types of cases. Combining his management experience with his sensitivity to employee issues, Mark’s employment and workplace mediation practice includes:
- Conflicts between management and staff
- Disputes between workers and co-workers
- Department and team disputes
- Wrongful termination
- Sexual harassment
Mediating Community Disputes
Mark’s diverse background and experience has given him a unique understanding of how individuals and groups communicate and work with one another. He draws upon this knowledge to help community residents, organizations and participants work towards resolving their conflicts, including:
- Landlord/Tenant issues
- Eldercare disputes
- Neighbor/Neighbor conflicts
- Environmental issues
- Homeowners Association disputes
- Education disputes
- Cross Cultural conflicts
Learn More About Mediation
Mediation can be a powerful tool for resolving conflicts early and fairly. Mediation offers an opportunity for the parties to understand the issues in conflict, explore each side’s interests, and arrive at mutually beneficial solutions.
Los Angeles mediator Mark Lewis has developed the pages listed below to provide additional information about the mediation process and how it can be best used to successfully resolve disputes:
Latest Blog Posts
Mediation: Operating a business is a lot like operating a complex machine. The moving parts of a business involve all kinds of people and relationships. Simply by the nature of that complexity, at some point the machine may break down, that is, there may be a dispute between parties. Regardless of the issue, if the dispute can’t be resolved the parties may turn to the legal system for relief and, eventually, someone is likely to prevail. But at what cost?
Best Practices: Communication is an exchange of ideas, opinions, information, or experiences with someone else. Whether it's a one on one conversation, a telephone call, or a presentation at your board meeting, communicating effectively is a critical tool in business. It’s also an invaluable asset for helping your company stay out of legal harm’s way.