Masters of Dispute Resolution

Len Levy, a mediator for more than two decades and a neutral on the ADR Services, Inc. panel of neutrals, is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has been recognized as a SuperLawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2014.  Len has the tools necessary to help parties settle disputes and knows the most effective means of satisfying the interests of parties in conflict.  On Masters of Dispute Resolution, Len, joined by some of the most respected neutrals in the field, will reveal to those participating in mediation the secrets of success in achieving their clients’ goals.  

Features Overview

What Your Mediator Needs to Meet or Exceed Your Expectations

Season 01 Episode 12                                             40:18

Alan Saler has enjoyed a thriving practice as a neutral since founding Alan Saler Mediation Services in 2003.  He has mediated more than 3,000 civil cases and disputes and consistently achieves resolution through his legal analysis, evaluative skills, meticulous preparation, and tenacity.  Alan joins Len for an informative discussion that includes parties’ expectations and how attorneys can best provide the information needed to obtain optimal results for clients.

What to do When the Parties, Like the PC and the Mac, are not Compatible and Don’t Talk to Each Other

Season 01 Episode 11                                            43:56

Mitch Tarighati, a seasoned mediator with an exceptional track record of settled cases, has been engaged in dispute resolution work since 2012, resolving cases with complex issues by diplomatically and patiently bridging the divide between the parties.  Join Len and Mitch as they discuss what to do when emotions dominate, parties see the other as the primary problem, or where no settlement is possible unless a personal reconciliation occurs.

Finding What May Be Lost in Translation in a Mediation

Season 01 Episode 10                                            34:03

Ana Sambold, a leading figure in California in alternative dispute resolution, is a fully bilingual Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator.  She has successfully conducted more than a thousand mediations and arbitrations involving complex cases in both English and Spanish.  In this episode, Len and Ana discuss approaches to overcoming impediments to resolution involving language or cultural influences.

Hitting the Right Rhythm in Mediation

Season 01 Episode 09                                           42:08

Michael Diliberto is an internationally recognized mediator and arbitrator, practicing full-time since 2003.  He is an expert at working with complex facts and legal issues, as well as in cross-cultural dynamics. You will not want to miss Michael's discussion with Len about how his widely varied background assists in creating value, helping attorneys help their clients, and the role of civility in the mediation process.

Gaining Trust as a Key to Resolution

Season 01 Episode 08                                           24:58

Judge Jacqueline Connor (Ret.) has gained a reputation for her ability to connect with parties on a straightforward and honest level.  Her vast legal knowledge and fearless approach have led to successful resolutions in the most difficult of cases.  In this episode, Judge Connor and Len discuss the role of the mediator, how mediators gain the trust of the parties and attorneys, and helping those in dispute to understand the trial process.

How to Transition to People’s Interests When the Discussion is About Money

Season 01 Episode 07                                           34:47

Lee Jay Berman became a full-time Los Angeles mediator 27 years ago.  He has since mediated over 2,500 cases and is an International Academy of Mediators’ Distinguished Fellow and a National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) Charter Diplomat.  In this discussion, Lee Jay and Len explore how to more effectively resolve disputes by changing the conversation and addressing issues other than money.

Striking a Balance Between Advocate and Counselor: A Guide to Effective Mediation Advocacy

Season 01 Episode 06                                           29:57

As one of the most effective mediators and professors of mediation, Stacie Feldman Hausner has impressed attorneys, their clients, and fellow mediators with her deep knowledge of the intricacies of the mediation process.  In this highly informative discussion, Stacie and Len share techniques used by the most effective attorneys to resolve matters while balancing the attorney’s dual role of strong advocate and counselor. 

Leave No Stone Unturned: The Value of Tenacity to the Mediation Process

Season 01 Episode 05                                           33:03

Daniel Ben-Zvi, a “Distinguished Fellow” with the International Academy of Mediators and named one of 32 “Power Mediators Worldwide” by The Hollywood Reporter, has mediated more than 3,000 matters in his 20 years as a litigator.  In his discussion with Len, Mr. Ben-Zvi provides insights to attorneys on how tenacity and zealous advocacy are most effectively utilized in the mediation process.

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail: Coach Wooden and the Mediation Process

Season 01 Episode 04                                            31:32

Retired Judge Joe Hilberman, one of the most highly regarded mediators and arbitrators in the field, is known for his deep knowledge of the mediation process, as well as being creative and insightful.  Judge Hilberman provides his insights on how to effectively prepare for a mediation.  You will not want to miss this discussion.

Making Settlement Possible: Bringing Parties into a Bargaining Range

Season 01 Episode 03                                           29:00

Wendy Kramer, a full-time neutral on the ADR Services, Inc. panel of neutrals, is one of the most sought-after mediators with a reputation of being highly effective in bringing parties to resolution.  Wendy joins Len for an immensely informative discussion on how to bring the parties into a bargaining range, making settlement possible.  

Lessons from a Former Track Coach: Effectively Dealing with Polarized Parties

Season 01 Episode 02                                           34:38

Bob Friedenberg, a full-time Mediator and Arbitrator on the Panel of Neutrals of ADR Services, Inc., and a former litigator, educator, and track coach, joins Len to discuss what can be done to reach a resolution when the parties have issues between them that precludes any meaningful communication.  It's a discussion you will not want to miss.

Perspectives on Mediation

Season 01 Episode 01                                            25:30

Guest host Mark Alyn chats with Len Levy about the role of the mediator others in mediation, the value of mediation in attaining the parties’ goals by using resources wisely, and mediator selection based on background and style.  What considerations should go into a decision to mediate?  Tune in to find out.