Mediation and
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Helping individuals, businesses, and governmental bodies find effective solutions to difficult challenges.

At Eckberg Lammers, our goal is to always deliver the most effective and practical legal representation so we can achieve the most favorable outcome for your specific legal issue. Sometimes that requires filing a lawsuit, which can be time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining. Other times, organizations can be proactive with our Conflict Management Solutions. However, we also understand that often time’s situations expand beyond and that is why we offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Mediation services as a faster, more cost-effective way to resolve even the most difficult of individual, business, and/or governmental conflicts.

We offer mediation services in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Attorney, Pam Whitmore is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral in the State of Minnesota. She focuses her practice on conflict management services, including mediation regarding civil matters, municipal matters, land use, and employment. Additionally, Nicholas Vivian is available to serve Wisconsin businesses in business disputes.

Our attorneys have the ability to see the “whole” of any given case, identify and negotiate the key areas of contention, and help reach an agreement beneficial to all parties' interests. We actively assist clients in the following areas:

  • Municipal
  • Civil
  • Land Use
  • Employment
  • Business Mediation

From the earliest evaluation of a dispute to binding arbitration, ADR takes many forms and processes. You can rely on Eckberg Lammers to guide you through any or all of them.

If you don’t believe your case can be resolved through these alternative methods, Eckberg Lammers also provides Conflict Management Solutions or complete Civil Litigation services.


Mediation Process Question and Answer

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MEDIATION?

You can contact our team to initiate the scheduling. We will take your information and answer any questions about the mediation process. Once we have the contact information for all parties we will schedule a convenient time for the mediation.

WHAT DO I DO ONCE MY MEDIATION IS SCHEDULED?

Once the mediation is scheduled, both parties will receive an email with a short information form as well as the Agreement to Mediate. The information form is a fillable PDF we request each party complete and return to our office prior to the mediation date. Information requested includes custody arrangements, child support, spousal maintenance, and division of assets.

The Agreement to Mediate is a required document both parties need to sign prior to mediation. It acknowledges the parties are willing to participate in the mediation process in order to resolve issues in their matter.

HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL MEDIATION SESSION?

Mediation sessions can last three to four hours. Because mediation is a voluntary process, it can end at any time during the session if the mediator, one, or both parties feel they are not going to be able to meet a mutual resolution.

WHAT IS AN ATTORNEY’S ROLE AT MEDIATION?

An attorney’s role is to remain neutral throughout the process. The attorney is not an advocate for either party. However, throughout the process, the attorney may offer scenarios for consideration in an attempt to reach a mutual resolution.

WHAT IS THE MEETING SPACE LIKE AT YOUR OFFICE?

We have spaces available at either our Stillwater, Minnesota, or Hudson, Wisconsin office locations. We also have meeting space availability through Regus, which includes ten Twin Cities and five out-state meeting locations. With this variety of spaces, we have ample space to conclude your mediation needs. We will discuss the preferred arrangements for the mediation session before beginning.

While we believe mediation is best conducted in person, our mediators also have the ability to conduct mediation services via Zoom. Our firm’s Zoom profile offers the ability for breakout rooms and allows the mediator to go between rooms or bring everyone together if needed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH AND AGREEMENT?

When the parties reach an agreement, we draft the terms of the agreement into a Binding Mediation Agreement. The agreement is signed by all parties and their attorneys. It is then up to the parties individual attorneys to draft and file the appropriate documents with the Court based upon the agreement.

IS MEDIATION THE ONLY SOLUTION?

Our firm also provides Conflict Management Solutions. We understand people in both public organizations, as well as in private businesses can have different perspectives, values, and goals. Sometimes combining different visions can lead to new innovative ideas and solutions; but sometimes it can result in conflict. However, not each conflict leads to mediation. Through this service, our attorney can help individuals learn how to manage conflict and work more collaboratively on making better, more effective decisions.


Choose Eckberg Lammers to help resolve your legal disputes.

Call 651-439-2878 or send us an e-mail to schedule a confidential consultation.


Meeting Locations Include:

Eckberg Lammers: Stillwater, Minnesota

Eckberg Lammers: Hudson, Wisconsin

Other Twin Cities Meeting Locations: St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, Eagan, Eden Prarie, Edina, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, Minneapolis

Out-State Meeting Locations: St. Cloud, Duluth, Mankato, Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, Madision, WI, Milwaukee, WI

While we believe mediation is best conducted in person, our mediators also have the ability to conduct mediation services via Zoom. Our firm’s Zoom profile offers the ability for breakout rooms and allows the mediator to go between rooms or bring everyone together, if needed.

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