Mediation in Indiana is nothing new. For years now, many federal and state courts in Indiana have required the parties to participate in mediation before they can proceed to trial. Even when mediation isn't required by the court, the parties often voluntarily agree to participate in mediation in order to reach a settlement. If you're an experienced trial lawyer, you likely have already participated in numerous mediations.
But how many times have you participated in a mediation where the mediator lacks subject-matter expertise related to your case, resulting in either the mediator's failure to grasp complicated facts and issues or an unnecessarily long mediation caused by the need to educate the mediator on those facts and issues? When you do find a mediator with substantive knowledge relating to the issues in your case, how often is that person practicing law (or has practiced in the past) in a law firm with one or more conflicts of interest?
As a registered Indiana mediator and a litigator with many years of experience in environmental cases, labor and employment cases, complex product liability cases, and cases involving complicated scientific and medical issues, Bob Stommel can help you avoid those problems. In addition to providing substantive knowledge in complex cases and rarely experiencing a conflict of interest, he can offer some benefits that you may not find with other mediators:
More than 25 years experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation and administrative proceedings in complex cases
Flexible schedule and short-notice capability
15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis
Less than five minutes from Indianapolis International Airport
Only a few blocks away from an easy exit off Interstate 70
Numerous hotels and restaurants close to office
Facilities to accommodate multiple parties
Three conference rooms, including a large main conference room that can accommodate 10-12 people
Free Internet access
Free off-street parking
Available to conduct mediations anywhere in the state
Fair charge for travel time
No charge for travel within Marion County or to any of the “donut” counties
Travel time for mediation outside of the donut counties is charged only for distance traveled beyond those counties
If you find yourself in need of a mediator who can quickly identify and understand the key legal and factual issues that often arise in technical or complex cases, please give us a call.