Zooming Towards Resolution: Guide to Ensuring Success in a Virtual Mediation


About This Webinar

Virtual mediation emerged in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic when the world was forced to social distance and work from home for safety precautions. Yet almost three and half years later, virtual mediations have remained commonplace and are preferred by many. Indeed, this practice allows parties to gather irrespective of their location, reducing the cost and time commitment. As a result, access to mediators with subject matter specialties is now more accessible, and key decision-makers and third parties that would have otherwise been unavailable can now easily participate. Virtual mediation is not the solution for every mediation, but it is an effective and cost-reducing option for some. Attorneys seeking to learn more about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the critical elements to consider when choosing and participating in virtual mediations will find this webinar a helpful guide for helping clients achieve the best possible outcome.

In this online seminar, our expert panelists begin by reviewing the critical characteristics of mediation, including its stages and the parties involved. Next, our speakers provide context for when parties should choose mediation and its general benefits. The conversation then dives into the topic of virtual mediation specifically and its potential benefits, including flexibility, cost savings, and increased productivity. Our experts then note some of the potential challenges that can arise with virtual mediation, such as technical issues, communication limitations, or confidentiality concerns. The webinar concludes with a review of the best practices to ensure successful virtual mediation from the perspective of mediators and counsel that have represented parties involved in mediations.

Topics covered in this webinar:   

  1. What is Mediation and Why do Parties Choose it?
  2. When and Why Should You Mediate?
  3. What are the Potential Benefits of Virtual Mediation?
  4. What are the Potential Challenges of Virtual Mediation?
  5. Best Practices to Ensure a Successful Virtual Mediation


  • Daniel B. Garrie, Esq.
    • Founder, Law & Forensics
    • Neutral, JAMS
    • Faculty, Harvard University
  • Dr. Peter Kamminga
    • Neutral, JAMS
    • Fellow, Harvard Program on Negotiation
  • Hon. Gregory M. Sleet
    • Neutral, JAMS
  • John Libby
    • Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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