Dirk A. Beamer
When selecting a mediator with opposing counsel, I am surprised by some of the names that come up repeatedly who do not, in my experience, bring a great deal of planning or persistence to the mediation process. I routinely advocate that we use Shel Stark ... not because he shows us favoritism but because he takes his work seriously and finds results. In a recent mediation, I had proposed we use Shel, and the other side agreed notwithstanding a lack of experience with him. Afterward, opposing counsel told me, "Shel was the right choice."