Construction mediation can occur during or after construction and prior to or during arbitration or litigation. But, regardless of when a construction mediation occurs, its success often depends on the parties’ willingness to exchange critical information well in advance of the mediation session.
Tips for the Construction Practitioner
- Schedule a mandatory pre-session call.
- Are the parties working together and sharing information, or are they at war?
- Have the parties shared expert information?
- Have demands been published?
- Will the parties be publishing their briefs?
- What confidential information is not in the mediation brief?
- Will the decision-makers be participating? Are there any decision-makers who are not available or “behind the scenes”?
A pre-session call with the mediator is the first and most effective opportunity to convey your client’s position and to allow the mediator to absorb and evaluate that information without distraction. On that call, counsel should describe the dispute and identify the decision-makers. Additionally, counsel should address the following questions:
Reprinted courtesy of Stacy L. La Scala, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.