It is important for the parties to select a mediator in whom they have confidence and with whom they are comfortable. It is a good idea to do some research before making a selection.
Find out about the mediation process and the different styles used by mediators. Contact more than one mediator and ask them for resumes and references, and other relevant information including:
- Are they are a listed with a recognized roster or mediation organization?
- Do they have experience in this particular type of conflict?
- Do they abide by a professional code of conduct for mediators?
- What do they charge, and how is payment made?
The parties’ lawyers may have some suggestions of mediators they have worked with before.