Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.

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Mediation Services

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Mediation Overview

Shel Stark mediates disputes involving employment, civil rights, personal injury, professional negligence, commercial and business matters, insurance and probate.   He has served as a mediator sinc… Read More

Are You Ready For Mediation?

1.  Timing: Is your case ready for mediation?  Do you and your client have sufficient information.  Do you know whether settlement makes sense and for how much?  If not, can you trust the other s… Read More

Preparing For Mediation

Over the years representing my own clients in mediation and serving as mediator in the disputes of others, I’ve developed a list of “best practices” which I believe will help lawyers achieve bet… Read More

The Mediation Process

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party facilitates a negotiation between parties to a dispute.  The mediator is not aligned with a party, favors neither side and is uncommitted to any par… Read More

Mediation Models

No two disputes are exactly alike.  No single model or style of mediation offers the best process in every case.   Prudence suggests matching mediators and mediation models to each individual dispu… Read More

Mediation Process Road Map

On the morning of mediation, I like to meet with each side separately for a few minutes to answer questions, meet the parties and “take the temperature” of the dispute.  Following these initial p… Read More

Arbitration Services

Shel Stark has arbitrated all manner of civil cases in every arbitration format: sole neutral arbitrator, part of a three neutral panel and as a party appointed arbitrator.  He has served as chair a… Read More

Case Evaluation Services

Shel Stark is a duly appointed case evaluator in Oakland County.  He has served on scores of “blue ribbon” case evaluation panels appointed by the parties to assist in resolution of complex disp… Read More

Neutral Third-Party Investigations

Shel Stark offers neutral third-party investigation when your client or employer is faced with complaints of complex, workplace misconduct, discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation.  Whether… Read More