The Mediation Fee includes the scheduling and administering of the mediation session, all preparation time, all pre-mediation meetings and phone calls, the mediation session itself, refreshments, the use of our facilities, a working lunch for all present (full day only), and the conducting of post mediation telephone calls and conferences where appropriate.
Please note that Judge Parsons believes preparation makes a real difference as to whether a case is resolved at mediation. He encourages counsel and the parties to provide him for review any information that they believe will be helpful, in order to put the mediation in the best possible position to resolve their dispute. Depending on the individual case, between conferences with the attorneys and parties, the review of materials, and legal research where deemed necessary, Judge Parsons has often spent more time preparing for the mediation than the actual time allotted to the mediation session. The Mediation Fee encompasses this preparation time.
In special circumstances, such as complex, multiparty cases where a substantial amount of additional preparation time may be required, or cases where Judge Parsons is asked to provide neutral case management services, additional fees may be proposed.
The Full Day Mediation Fee is $1,550.00 per party. A typical full day mediation is 8 hours, begins at 9:30 a.m., includes a working lunch, and continues until completed. While most sessions conclude by about 5:30 p.m., a session may extend past the allotted time.
The Half Day Mediation Fee is $800.00 per party. A half-day mediation usually begins at 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. and lasts 4 hours, and when available, may extend beyond the allotted time.
If the mediation session extends past the allotted time, a charge of $400 an hour will be imposed, to be split evenly among the parties.
If you believe your case involves special circumstances that would warrant a rate adjustment, Judge Parsons’ office would be happy to discuss it with you. All parties represented by the same attorney are considered a single “party” for purposes of the mediation fee. All fees are payable prior to the commencement of the mediation.
Judge Parsons will come to your agreed offices at a mutually convenient time instead of your traveling. Arrangements should be made by calling 903-723-4096.