Date: 23 June 2022
Time: 5:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Preparing for Settlement Right From the Start

In the US, most civil litigation does not proceed to trial.  Knowing settlement may very well be in the cards, how can lawyers prepare their cases and their clients for mediation day?

In this webinar, panelists will discuss how attorneys can best position their clients for success from the outset.  Preparation for mediation, managing client expectations and even whether parties use opening statements in mediation, are all aspects of the process that are prime issues for resolution long before mediation day.

In this webinar, participants will learn:


  • …how to prepare for mediation, including how to use opening statements to further eventual settlement goals;
  • …why it is important to think about the “endgame” right from the start;
  • …how to effectively use caucus to manage client expectations; and,
  • …how certain closing techniques can be useful for breaking impasse

Time will be reserved for Q&A.

CLE/CPD Credit:  CLE credit (legal) for a selection of states and CPD credit (accountant), please register below and complete the relevant questions at the bottom of the page to claim your credit.*

*Accreditation pending in CA, IL, MO, NY, TX

Ivy Bernhardson

Ivy S. Bernhardson joined JAMS in 2021 after more than 29 years of experience as a corporate counsel and governance expert, as well as 13 years as a trial court judge in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) District Court, including four years as chief judge. Judge Bernhardson has presided over criminal, civil, mental health and family law matters. Her diverse career includes significant nonprofit board leadership and governance responsibilities. She served as chair of the board of trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College and Fairview Southdale Hospital. She served 12 years as a trustee of the Bush Foundation, and as a director of the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

John Griffin

Hon. John C. Griffin (Ret.) joined JAMS in Chicago after over a decade of service to the Illinois judiciary. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Griffin was in private practice for 30 years, with a wide-ranging litigation practice that allowed him to argue before the chancery, law, probate, county and municipal divisions in the Circuit Court of Cook County. As an attorney, he did appellate work in the state court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In addition, Judge Griffin’s practice included extensive transactional experience, particularly in the construction field, where he represented numerous builders and developers in zoning, developments and related corporate matters.

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