202004.03
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DISPUTES IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

Disputes are not likely to disappear in this pandemic.  However, the manner is which disputes are resolved is already changing dramatically.  Courts are essentially closed to civil trials.  Existing trial dates for cases that are pending have all been continued with continuation dates that are themselves uncertain.  So too have hearings for filed arbitrations been…

202003.24
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ONLINE MEDIATIONS: THE NEW NORMAL?

At Pacific ADR we have responded to office closures mandated as a result of the Covid-19 virus by rolling out online/video conferencing mediation methods.  Whether or to what extent this technology will be an adequate substitute for in person mediation remains to be seen.  This post summarizes the challenges presented by the expected wide application…

202003.16
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ONLINE MEDIATIONS AVAILABLE FROM PACIFIC ADR

March 16, 2020 ONLINE MEDIATIONS AVAILABLE! Pacific ADR Consulting is pleased to announce alternative mediation and arbitration solutions in regards to the COVID-19 Coronavirus disease. Protecting the Health of Pacific ADR Visitors Visitors: We are addressing COVID-19 developments by taking pro-active steps to protect the health of employees and visitors to Pacific ADR Consulting. We have communicated with…

Report from Salzburg: The 3rd CILS International Mediation Symposium
201908.20
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Report from Salzburg: The 3rd CILS International Mediation Symposium

BY GREGG BERTRAM Every other year the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), a non -profit entity based in Salzburg, Austria, hosts an international Mediation Symposium.  This event brings together attorneys, judges and academics from around the world to discuss all aspects of mediation, including efforts to introduce mediation to cultures unfamiliar with this ADR…

Medical Negligence Mediation Dissected
201809.21
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Medical Negligence Mediation Dissected

By Gregg Bertram Mediating healthcare disputes presents many challenges for the mediator. Experienced, skilled mediators recognize that there are many galaxies within the universe of healthcare disputes. For example, a medical negligence mediation presents different variables than a mediation involving alleged nursing home negligence or one involving a naturopath enmeshed in a coding dispute with…

201807.13
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Every Now and Then Mediation Saves a Marriage

By: Paula L. McCandlis  Every marriage is different, likewise so is every divorce.  Even with differences, a dissolution of marriage can be categorized as: easy, single issue, complex and failures.  A typical single-issue dissolution is the decision of what to do with the family home. Another single issue involves dividing community debt.  A complex dissolution is any…

201805.07
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Health Care: Medical Negligence Mediation Dissected

BY GREGG BERTRAM, PRESIDENT, PACIFIC ADR CONSULTING, LLC COPYRIGHT 2018 Mediating health care disputes presents many challenges for the mediator. Experienced, skilled mediators recognize that there are many galaxies within the universe of health care disputes. For example, a medical negligence mediation presents different variables than a mediation involving alleged nursing home negligence or one…

201805.07
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Defending Non-Traditional Healthcare Providers

Written by: Roger Hillman, J.D., 2018 Non-traditional, or alternative, medicine most often encompasses chiropractic, acupuncture and naturopathy. In Washington, as in most states, each of these is defined by statute. Statutes also set out the scope of practice for each, in some cases specifically identifying treatments that are permitted or prohibited. The one thing that…

201805.07
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Profile of the Month: Gregory L. Bertram

Gregg Bertram, M.A., J.D., LL.M. is one of the most experienced and successful mediators in the U.S. He is the founder and CEO of Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Pacific Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. In 2015, Attorney Gregg Bertram founded Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC, a Northwest mediation and arbitration service provider. Gregg and Pacific…