In support of that commitment he applies the skills that he has acquired as a teacher, a social scientist, and a litigator in an effort to facilitate a process of creative problem solving in which the parties to a dispute are actively engaged.
Dedicated to the belief that creative options for resolution lie within the parties, Rick seeks to help the parties build on those options. In an effort to assist the parties determine how to assess the economic consequences of the uncertainty arising out of a failure to arrive at resolution, he employs principles of decision theory using beliefs about the future that the parties express. Rick recognizes that parties and their counsel speak typically in general probabilistic terms about the future, stating, for example, "I think we have a very good chance of winning at trial." Rick helps the parties think about uncertain events, such as what could happen on a motion to dismiss or at trial, in systematically reasoned, carefully developed, probabilistic terms. Using those systematically developed estimates of the future, he helps the parties determine the monetary component of a resolution. Throughout the process he endeavors to foster an atmosphere of calm, reasoned decision making in which the parties work to achieve their own resolution with his help.
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