I have found mediation to be a rewarding process that is well aligned with my belief in social justice. I approach each mediation as a neutral facilitator dedicated to finding a fair resolution for all parties. I make sure everyone feels like they have been heard. When progress stalls, or when asked, I do become evaluative and start to draw on my extensive trial experience to assess the most probable jury outcomes. To that end, my old firm collected a database of personal injury and wrongful death jury verdicts in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County for the last 20+ years. This information gives me a valuable additional tool for evaluating the worth of a claim.
Most importantly, I don’t give up easily. I will work extremely hard to find a just result for both parties.
Mediation Training and Experience
I completed my initial 36 hours of formal mediation training in San Francisco in 2012. Since then I have shadowed other mediators, attended numerous additional mediation trainings in Oregon, and mediated more than 75 cases for the Multnomah County Small Claims Department. After each Small Claims case, the mediators and court administrator discuss the challenges of each case and techniques we used, as we constantly strive to hone our skills. I started doing Circuit Court mediations a few years ago and now wish to make it my primary focus.
I became a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association in 2016, working on both the mediation qualification committee and on the Fall OMA conference. I invite you to visit the OMA site. I adhere to the OMA Ethical Standards. See also my Superlawyer page.
I charge $250 an hour for review of materials and for the mediation, split equally between the parties unless specifically otherwise agreed. I ask that each party pay a $750 deposit for a half-day and $1,200 for a full day at the time of booking the mediation. The law firms representing the parties are agreeing to be guarantors of payment of their clients’ share of the mediation fee. In case of a cancellation, fees will be charged just for time spent from initial booking until cancelled. See my Mediation Fees and Procedures document.
I am willing to travel in the state of Oregon or SW Washington for no additional charge for mediations involving eight (8) or more hours of preparation and attendance time. This is subject to weather conditions and the current status of COVID-19.
Why should a plaintiff’s attorney choose me?
First of all I guarantee your client will feel heard. Also, I have defended insureds for insurance companies for many years and have earned a reputation for being honest and straightforward. I have worked with well-known and highly regarded defense and plaintiff’s counsel. Insurance companies are more likely to trust my judgment as a mediator if, for instance, I were to tell them I think a case has more value than they originally believed. Also, I have always handled some plaintiff’s cases and the numbers have increased steadily in recent years.
Why should a defense attorney choose me?
They also will feel heard. For much of my 40 + years of practice, I have been known primarily as a defense attorney, but have always also represented plaintiffs, and I know both the risks and rewards of going to trial for both sides.
In either case, if asked to be evaluative, I will have a realistic, experience based, opinion as to what a jury is likely to award, which I view as the touchstone for a reasonable settlement.
Booking your mediation
To book a mediation with Rudy please either call Marilyn at 503-207-6917 or Rudy at 503-207-6932 or email both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and provide all of the following information: case name and number, the name of counsel for each party, the date or dates you would like to mediate and whether you need a half day or a full day and your preference for morning or afternoon for ½ day mediations. On our end we will first determine our availability for the date or dates you prefer, then check for conflicts and then email or call with whether we can accommodate your requests and have no conflicts.