201911.21
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THE INTERSECTION OF TIME AND MEDIATION

BY GREGG BERTRAM COPYRIGHT 2019 Time and mediation have always been conjoined.  The natural relationship between mediation and time is one that deserves acute attention by parties and their attorneys but, instead, is often ignored.  Mediators too must be sensitive to time in order to serve the mediation process most effectively. For parties and their…

Breaking the Deadlock with Med/Arb
201905.13
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Breaking the Deadlock with Med/Arb

Med/Arb is seen by some attorneys as a last resort, and others as a best practice. Here’s what you need to know before giving your clients advice on using this controversial alternative dispute resolution model. By Gregg Bertram ©2019 When you’re entering alternative dispute resolution, you want the best possible outcome for your clients. Mediation…

201811.06
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Top 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation

10 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR MEDIATION A clear majority of civil cases end up in mediation before trial as a result of statute, court rule or by agreement of the parties.  Most mediations occur in one day or less.  Given that many cases are factually or legally complex and inspire intense emotions of the parties,…

INSURANCE-THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY MEDIATION
201808.02
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INSURANCE-THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY MEDIATION

By Roger Hillman  In the preparation for and participation in mediation, it is imperative that counsel, both for plaintiffs and defendants, be conscious of the critical role insurance has in resolving any liability matter.  Personal (e.g. auto, homeowners) and commercial (e.g. CGL, professional liability) insurance policies impose on the insurer the “duty to defend” any…

201808.02
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Profile of the Month – Paul Swegle

Paul Swegle is a business attorney living and working in Seattle. During his career he has drafted and negotiated countless domestic and international commercial agreements, participated in more than 500 litigation, arbitration and mediation matters, and helped lead corporate financing and M&A transactions totaling more than $11 billion. Paul currently serves as general counsel to…

201710.17
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Gerrymandering: Reshaping the Right to Vote

BY GREGG BERTRAM, J.D., LL.M. Gerrymandering has come to the forefront during a time when the integrity of the voting process itself is under fire. The term gerrymandering is named after a former governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, who was described by biographer George Athan Billias as a “nervous, birdlike little person.” His primary claim…

201710.10
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Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, et. al.

ARDEN V. FORSBERG & UMLAUF, ET. AL. BY: GREGG BERTRAM, M.A., J.D., LL.M. AND ROGER HILLMAN, J.D. Déjà vu? Washington’s Supreme Court may have enhanced insurer’s good faith duty to insured’s in Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, et al. On September 14, 2017 in Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf (Case No. 93207-7), the Supreme Court…

201709.13
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Profile of the Month – Diana Zottman

Diana Zottman is an experienced Trust and Estate attorney. She is the owner of the Seattle-based Laurel Law Group, PLLC. Her practice encompasses Trust and Estate, Wills, Guardianship, Probate Administration, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Homeowners Association Law, Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Business. Growing up the sibling of a brother with developmental disabilities shaped…