The easiest disputes to resolve involve disputes where both parties are wrong. Then, there are those disputes where one side is clearly in the wrong. Those disputes are also fairly easily resolved. But, what happens when both sides are right? That is how intractable disputes arise, the kinds that create litigation. It is rarely the case in business litigation where one side is right and the other side is wrong. Stephen goes beyond the black-and-white letter of the law to understand the nature of the dispute and the issues that drive the dispute from manageable to intractable. He listens to each side in order to understand where each of the parties involved in the dispute are coming from. Stephen is skilled at finding common ground where disputing parties to come together and in guiding the parties and their attorneys through the process toward a resolution.
Stephen conducts private mediations for business disputes using online dispute resolution (“ODR”) platforms, such as Zoom. With the courts clogged with litigation as a result of the Shelter-in-Place orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, mediation can assist parties and attorneys in resolving disputes early, and help to relieve court backlogs. Stephen has extensive experience with litigation, negotiations and resolving business disputes that he brings to the mediation setting.
Stephen obtained a mediation certificate from the Strauss School of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law in 2012. He is a member of the mediation panels in the Contra Costa County Superior Court and the Alameda County Superior Court. He is also a member of the ADR Board for the Contra Costa County Bar Association, where he served as the guest editor for the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine’s June 2020 ADR issue.