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Mediation and Negotiation

Mediation and other methods for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) are often used to settle cases and other types of disputes. Frequently, parties seek to resolve a case through mediation; however, the mediation of a case may be ordered by the trial judge. There are many advantages to using mediation to try to resolve a lawsuit. Mediation proceedings are less stressful than a court trial. Mediation is informal and held in a relatively private setting. Claims can be resolved more quickly through mediation or other alternative resolution process, which often means reduced litigation costs and attorney’s fees.  

Experienced Attorneys Offer Mediation Services

FPB attorneys are often hired by parties to mediate a case. A successful mediation requires a mediator with considerable trial experience, a comprehensive knowledge of the law, and an ability to fairly assess the value of a case. Mediators from Ford, Parshall & Baker are sensitive to the personal aspects of a case, while at the same time able to provide the parties with a brass tacks view of their case. 

Family Law Mediation

Judges frequently order the parties in a family law case to mediate their issues before trial.  Family law mediations can be very successful. They often result in a complete resolution of the case, thereby foregoing the need for a trial.  Mediation of claims is still beneficial even if only a partial resolution is obtained because a partial resolution reduces the time for trial and may result in less attorney’s fees and expenses.  

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    • "Ford Parshall & Baker congratulates the attorneys listed in the 2014 publication of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers: Hamp Ford was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defense, Jeff Parshall was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, and Emily Little and Josh Devine were named as Rising Stars in the area of Civil Litigation Defense."

    • "On behalf of the Missouri Insurance Coalition and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Jill Jackson authored an Amicus brief in a pending Missouri Supreme Court case, Dutton v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company. July 2014. Ford Parshall & Baker welcomed Clayton Thompson as an associate attorney. June 2014."

    • "Hamp Ford and Jill Jackson won a declaratory judgment holding that an insurance policy was not ambiguous regarding the identity of the named insured, and the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in Columbia Mutual Insurance Company v. Grain Bin Supply Company et al., (Per Curium Order, May 13, 2014)."

    • "Jill Jackson moderated a continuing legal education seminar with a panel of judges from several of Missouri's judicial circuits. April 2014. Jeff Parshall and Michael Robertson won an appeal for their client in Executive Board of Missouri Baptist Convention v. Windermere Baptist Conference Center, Inc. et al., 430 S.W.3d 274 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014). "

    • "The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in favor of Ford, Parshall & Baker's client enforcing a mechanic’s lien on a condominium construction project at the Lake of the Ozarks. Grau Contracting, Inc. v. Captiva Lake Investments, LLC, 429 S.W.3d 472 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014)."