Mediation

Mediation

The attorneys of Davis Frawley, LLC assist clients in the alternative dispute resolution process of mediation involving many areas of law and at different stages of disputes and litigation.

Mediation is a structured negotiation of a dispute, facilitated by a qualified neutral known as the Mediator.  In most cases the mediator is an attorney who has trained in mediation and negotiations skills.  The Davis Frawley Law Firm has two attorneys, Carey M. Ayer and Lisa Lee Smith who have completed that extra training and are certified as Circuit Court Mediators by the South Carolina Supreme Court's Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.  Mr. Ayer and Ms. Smith serve as mediators for cases both by appointment of the Court and by selection of the parties to a dispute and more information about those services can be found on the Mediator-Arbitrator page.

The attorneys at the Davis Frawley Law Firm have experience representing clients in the setting of mediation involving civil litigation, real estate litigation, family court litigation and estate / trust litigation.  At the mediation, the mediator is not a judge and does not decide the issues in a dispute.  Instead, the mediator leads the parties though a structured negotiation in an attempt to get the parties to resolve their own dispute.  In a mediation the parties can be creative with resolutions that might not be available though the Court system.  The mediator tries to help the parties find solutions that all parties to a dispute can live with and get parties to take a realistic view of their positions and possible outcomes if a settlement is not reached.  Mediation can occur before a law suit is filed, early in litigation, or after completion of discovery, once parties have had the opportunity to evaluate sworn deposition testimony and documents to assess their risks at trial.

Many Courts in South Carolina now require mediation of a case before it can be given a trial, including Federal Court, Common Pleas Court and Family Court.  Probate Courts, Magistrates Courts and those of the Masters-in-Equity can also require mediation of contested matters.  Our attorneys are experienced in providing services as advocates in mediation and find the process helpful in most cases; whether or not a settlement is achieved from the effort.



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Mediation Attorneys

James Randall Davis


(Ph) (803) 359-2512

(Fa) (803) 359-7478

Patrick J. Frawley


(Ph) (803) 359-2512

(Fa) (803) 359-7478

Jeff M. Anderson


(Ph) (803) 359-2512

(Fa) (803) 359-7478

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