Mediation is a cost-effective form of alternative dispute resolution which focuses on compromise and cooperation. When you choose mediation over litigation, you can save yourself time, stress, and money. Randy Akin has developed a reputation as a dependable, fair mediator throughout East Texas, mediating cases coming both from State and Federal courts. Beginning mediations in 1989, Randy Akin handles around 100 dispute resolutions each year and will work hard to find a mutually beneficial decision for all parties. If you are an attorney looking for a qualified mediator in East Texas, Contact our office online or call us in Longview, TX, at (903) 297-8929 to schedule yours today.
What Is Mediation?
A form of alternative dispute resolution, mediation is a short-term, structured negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party, or mediator. The role of the mediator is to help the involved parties find a common ground, offer creative solutions to the issues being discussed, and assist in drafting a final settlement. Mediation offers a range of advantages over court proceedings, including:
- Privacy: Most mediation sessions are confidential, while court cases are matters of public record.
- Informality: Mediation typically takes place in a casual environment such as an office or conference room.
- Higher satisfaction rates: A mediation session is far more likely to reach an agreement and has higher rates of compliance than court settlements.
- Lower costs: Court cases can be costly. The overall cost of resolving your case could exceed the benefits your receive.
- Shorter timelines: Some mediation sessions can resolve issues in as little as a few hours.
Attorney Akin’s Five C’s of Mediation© can help ensure your mediation session runs smoothly and reaches the most positive results possible.
Mediation focuses on your unique needs and emphasizes finding a solution that will satisfy your interests. The goal is to end the problem, rather than win a case. It is often valuable for the client to feel they got their
"day in court" without all of the time and expense associated with a trial. Attorney Akin’s Five C’s of Mediation© can help ensure your mediation session runs smoothly and reaches the most positive results possible.
How Mediation Works
There are many styles of mediation, which allows your session to adapt to your needs. However, there are typically six stages to a mediation session:
- Introduction Stage: This stage involves introductions, an explanation of mediation rules, and encouragement on each side to cooperate towards a mutually beneficial settlement.
- Disputants’ Opening Statements: If the situation calls for it, we will typically allow each party to describe what they believe the dispute is about and how they are affected by it. When one party is speaking, the other
is generally not allowed to interrupt.
- Private Caucus: Each party will meet individually with the mediator to discuss their position and new ideas for settlement. The mediator then moves from party to party, attempting to minimize the disagreements on each trip.
- Finalizing an Agreement: If a decision has been reached at the end of the mediation session, we will put the terms of the agreement into writing. We may ask all parties to sign the document
If no agreement is reached at the end of a mediation session, we can review the progress made and advise you of your options, such as resuming mediation at a later time, going to arbitration, or taking the case to court.
Mediation Fee Schedule
Effective February 1, 2020:
- Federal Court Case Full Day: $1,950.00 per party
- State Court Case Full Day: $1,750.00 per party
- Federal Court Case Half Day: $1,000.00 per party
- State Court Case Half Day: $900.00 per party
Mr. Akin will be glad to travel to your location to mediate your case. His standard travel rates are as follows:
Travel to Texarkana: $100 per party
Travel to Dallas: $200 per party
Travel to Houston: $200 per party
If you would like to inquire into Mr. Akin traveling elsewhere, please contact our office.
Intellectual Property Mediations
We also help with intellectual property mediations with a $12,000 per day split between the plaintiffs and defendants along with other expenses. Protect the work you've created by working with attorneys that have extensive experience in intellectual property.
Hire a Qualified Mediator
Randy Akin has been mediating for over 30 years. His reputation as fair and respectful mediator extends throughout East Texas. We can help you avoid common mediation mistakes and achieve a successful outcome. If you are interested in pursuing mediation, contact us online or call our office at (903) 297-8929 to schedule your mediation today."