Employee Grievances and Disputes are better handled by a third, impartial party than by a manager or owner of a company. The lingering hostility created by an unfavorable decision can be detrimental for company morale and overall employee productivity. Not dealing with latent employee problems can be even worse, causing outright sabotage and negative PR. We have decades of experience in the workplace and our methodology for conflict resolution is ideally suited. Investing in Mediation is inexpensive comparatively, considering the opportunity cost created by disgruntled employees and lingering problems.
The same applies for Neighbor and Land disputes. I’ve seen family pets getting hurt, children and the elderly being mistreated, plants and property being destroyed, cases lasting decades and costing tens of thousands, and no resolution in sight. We create swift, long-lasting amicable resolutions in many cases. No party is obligated to settle until they are fully satisfied and in agreement. We have mediated some creative and interesting solutions over the years.
Financial Settlement Conferences
Often after a case has been litigated and one party has won and one has lost, a financial settlement amount must to be negotiated. This applies in medical, business, inheritance, or accident/injury cases. Mediation among the primary parties involved can often lead to a quicker, fairer settlement figure than traditional litigation, with a judge or jury deciding. Although mediation is voluntary, the agreement becomes binding once both parties have agreed. In mediation other factors are permissible as well, such as an apology. The power of a sincere apology is enormous and often leads to the resolution of a case. Unfortunately apologies don’t often enter the courtroom during traditional litigation. If mediation fails, the parties may return to court for a ‘de novo’ hearing. Whatever was discussed and admitted in mediation does not become part of any further litigation. So the risk to try mediation is really non-existent, but the potential rewards are significant!
Contract Disputes and other Business Matters
Baroness Juliane von Schmeling’s decades long experience in business as well as her MBA degree become very useful in guiding mediation in business settings such as contract disputes, lease agreements, “hiring and firing” negotiations, insurance negotiations, purchasing agreements, business valuations and successor negotiations. She has worked in a multitude of industries in various countries over the years and understands cultural differences, business models and management styles. Her analytical skills further the mediation process and often lead to constructive compromises or win-win solutions.
Baroness Juliane von Schmeling, BS, MBA, EJD Baroness von Schmeling personally experienced that the adversarial legal system doesn’t always work so well in resolving custody and support disputes, as well as many other conflicts. As a result she looked for other solutions, and found mediation to be an excellent, user-friendly alternative form for conflict resolution. Things happen, and matters need to be resolved, but it doesn’t have to mean that disputes and divorces get drawn out for years and cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to resolve. She has decades of experience in resolving issues in the business environment and since 2006 has mediated many divorces and custody and support cases as well as other Alternative Conflict Resolution (ACR). She knows from experience that mediation works much faster and in practically all cases and is so much less expensive than the traditional forms of suing each other in a court of law. Best of all, the agreements she has worked out are in the end legally binding and enforceable, just like traditional court orders. But all parties had more of a chance for real input during the process, so naturally these agreements are usually longer lasting and not appealed. Baroness J. von Schmeling strives to create intelligent win-win solutions for all parties and has received many referrals in recent years from satisfied clients and industry professionals alike. She is a trained Mediator with Certificate, and has many other important, pertinent credentials such as an MBA in finance, studies in psychology, mental health, consumer research, and more. She also regularly attends continuing education seminars. Unlike many family law attorneys she has devoted her entire career to becoming a professional, goal-oriented mediator. Credentials Abitur - Wolfgang-Ernst-Gymnasium ’85 BS - Kings College (International Business, Psychology) ’89 MBA - Wilkes University (Marketing, Finance) ‘06 EJD - Concord Law School Mediator Certificate – IMA, AZ Various accreditations in Business, Mental Health, Psychology, Science, Social Media and Finance