Mediation Briefs for Non-Attorneys

A mediation brief is short (brief) summary describing the dispute, your position, and why you think your position is correct.

Mediation briefs are normally submitted to the mediator several days prior to the mediation in order to give the mediator an opportunity to become familiar with the dispute.

Mediation briefs may be submitted by all parties to the dispute, but they are not required. Mediators prefer to receive them because they tend to save valuable time.

In addition to what is stated above, you can describe: (1) Any settlement discussions that have taken place, (2) the strengths and weaknesses of your position, and (3) what is at risk.

Michael Chulak