Robert W. Gibbs is a trained professional mediator. He focuses his mediation practice on business disputes, contract issues, and family related matters. He provides mediation services in Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

What Is A Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process where people and businesses have an opportunity to swiftly and economically resolve all types of disputes.  Mediators do not represent either side of the dispute.  They serve as neutrals to assist the parties to reach a resolution.

Mediators make no decisions about who is right or wrong; they help the parties find common interests, evaluate their bargaining positions, and identify solutions to move forward.  The case or dispute is resolved only if both sides agree.  Mediation gives parties control over the outcome of the dispute and allows for creative solutions not available in court.

How Long Does A Mediation Take?

Mediation sessions can take anywhere from several hours to several days, depending on the nature and complexity of the issues, the number of parties involved, and the desires of the parties.  Final resolution of the case or dispute can be reached quickly than it takes to get a decision from a judge or jury.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Use The Mediation Process?

The parties do not need to be represented by lawyers to  use the mediation process. However, if you do have a lawyer representing you in the case or dispute, he or she typically would attend. Decision makers from both sides are required to attend and participate in the mediation process.

What Is The Cost Of Mediation?

Mediation is far less expensive than litigating a case in court.  The cost depends on the nature of the case, the number of parties, and the amount of time the mediator spends preparing for and conducting the mediation.