David B. Smyser
Biographical and Philosophical Information
As a California licensed attorney I understand the legal issues underlying the disputes that I mediate. Non-attorneys can effectively mediate many types of cases however, there are cases that require that the mediator understand underlying legal issues in order to achieve a successful resolution. Understanding the litigation alternative to mediation also enables me to assist the disputants and their attorneys to appropriately weigh the strength and value of their case.
I believe that attorneys benefit from the mediation process by having factual and legal issues well defined early in the case. Mediation provides the attorney an opportunity to serve the clients desire for a speedy, economical, and effective legal resolution to their conflict. A.D.R. is an effective tool to reduce legal costs, to empower disputants to create their own satisfying solutions to legal conflicts, and to increase judicial economy.
For more than five years I have conducted dozens of successful mediations covering a variety of legal issues throughout California. Over three quarters of these mediations resulted in a mediated settlement. I received over 50 hours of mediation training at an accredited law school, and participated in a 3 month mediation internship. I now teach successful mediation techniques, and am a member of a professional mediators organization.
I am available to answer any questions you may have concerning the mediation process. I can provide references upon request.
Very Truly Yours,
David B. Smyser, Esq.