Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Gordon.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Prior to becoming a full-time Mediator I practiced traditional adversarial law. After twenty years of practice I felt there had to be a better way.
The stress of dealing with constant battles between lawyers for the other side and tamping down the expectations of our own clients took the “fun” out of practicing law.
I “discovered” mediation as a way of resolving cases without ever having to step foot into a courthouse or appearing before a judge. So long as both parties are truthful in their financial disclosures an appropriate Settlement Agreement can be reached.
It is the Mediator’s job to create options for the parties to consider. It is not his responsibility to make decisions for the parties.
I find that I really like helping the parties to get to a fair, reasonable and equitable resolution a lot more than I did fighting things out in a court of law.
Has it been a smooth road?
The hardest hurdle was convincing clients that they could make decisions on their own rather than relying upon a lawyer to do so for them. Being “responsible” is often a new concept for people.
It’s always important to show our clients that we are neutral third parties and do not favor one over the other, this is an ongoing and constant battle in each and every case.
So too, many lawyers resent Mediators for fear we are “stealing” clients from them. They think they are too important to bypass.
Judges have embraced mediation for all the right reasons. The more often we are successful the small their dockets are.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
A Fair Way Mediation Center is a California corporation which specializes in Divorce Mediation. While we do other forms of mediation it is the area we specialize in.
Our strongest feature is that more than eighty percent of couples who choose to engage our services go all the way to conclusion without leaving to hire separate lawyer and enter into contested litigation.
We provide an informal setting in which the parties meet. We use “appropriate’ humor to discuss the issues which need to be resolved. We have each of the party’s share their separate feelings about the ways in which they would like to have the subjects disposed of and not allow one party to dictate the proceedings.
Our final work product, the Marital Settlement Agreement, is a 25 page legal contract. Once signed and submitted to the court it becomes an enforceable legal document. Each of the parties is instrumental in the creation of this instrument and needs mutual consent before it can be executed.
What sets us apart is our access to our clients. We are available around the clock as the need dictates. We respond to phone, text or emails within two hours. When something is an emergency to the client it is an emergency to us as well.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego is a unique business environment, it’s a difficult place to begin without some form of network or contact list. As much as I recommend to people who ask that they pursue mediation I try to dissuade them from starting off in San Diego because there is so much competition already here.
Initial retainers run from $2,500.00 to $4,000.00 depending upon the number of issues to be resolved.
Military members are afforded a discount
Short-term marriages (fewer than 5 years) with no children or real estate less than $1,000.00