“Jeff Merrick and I co-mediated an employment law matter pending before the U.S. District Court. Counsel for both sides expressed their appreciation for Jeff’s skills and hard work helping move this case to resolution; I can’t praise his work enough.”
– Honorable Susan Leeson.
I truly enjoy my work as a mediator. I believe that skilled, professional mediators make a positive difference. Mediators must be the calm center, persistent and patient, and quick to grasp the subtleties of personality, facts and law. Then, we must employ the appropriate tools of our trade to facilitate understanding and forward movement toward resolution.
I work with the parties to determine the process that best suits their circumstances. Sometimes, that means negotiating in the same room, sometimes in different rooms, and sometimes a hybrid process offers the best opportunity for success. I do not believe that “one size fits all.”
I am on the mediation panel for the American Arbitration Association and the U.S. District Court for Oregon. I am approved as a General Civil Mediator for the state courts of Oregon, and I am on the panel for adverse health care incident mediation through the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.
I am a member of the Oregon Mediation Association, and I follow the OMA Standards of Practice and OMA Guidelines.
I created this site not just to offer my services but to educate and help those seeking to understand mediation better. It’s your resource, so please explore, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here for you.