Mediation

Ms. Ratinoff does not adhere to one mediation philosophy. Every mediation presents unique facts, unique perspectives, and unique parties.  The mediation approach must remain fluid to allow the process to proceed, the parties heard, and the dispute resolved.  Ms. Ratinoff’s substantive knowledge of employment law has been honed in the private sector, enabling her to provide parties with insight into current legal trends and holdings.  Her extensive experience with employment litigation allows her to quickly discern the legal concepts, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the merits of the dispute and ascertain how a judge or jury is likely to rule.

Ms. Ratinoff connects with both sides and moves quickly to understand all perspectives. Her sensitivity to the financial risks and emotional toll involved and her strong work ethic and creativity in reaching resolutions to even the most contentious disputes has enhanced her resolution success rate. She values each party’s needs and goals and works with counsel and carrier to assess their settlement positions to reach resolution during and, if necessary, after mediation.  Ms. Ratinoff understands the time, persistence, and commitment mediation requires and encourages the parties to make that same commitment.

Fees/Schedule
Please contact Sonia Patel-Dalton directly at
sonia@ratinoffdisputeresolution.com or (818) 788-8695 for a rate quote or to schedule mediation.  Fourteen (14) days’ notice is required to reschedule or cancel a matter; otherwise the party requesting the change will be responsible for the full fee for the time allocated. Notice of cancellation and/or rescheduling must be submitted to Sonia in writing.

Pre-Mediation Conferences, Authority, and Briefs
To make the mediation as productive as possible, Ms. Ratinoff will contact counsel for each side and conduct individual pre-mediation conferences. Such pre-mediation communication provides the parties an opportunity to discuss logistics and any issues to be addressed before the mediation starts.

It is critical to the success of the mediation that all named parties, counsel, insurance carriers, company representatives and any other decision-makers be present with full authority to settle the case.  It is also strongly recommended that counsel circulate a draft settlement agreement  among  themselves prior to the mediation or bring a draft settlement agreement to the mediation for efficiency purposes and to avoid any unknown issues following resolution.

It is critical to the success of the mediation that all named parties, counsel, insurance carriers, company representatives and any other decision-makers be present with full authority to settle the case.  It is also strongly recommended that counsel circulate a draft settlement agreement among themselves prior to the mediation or bring a draft settlement agreement to the mediation for efficiency purposes and to avoid any unknown issues following resolution.

Mediation briefs are required.  It is up to the parties if they wish to keep their brief confidential or share with the opposing party.  Briefs under twenty pages (including any exhibits) should be sent by e-mail directly to Ms. Ratinoff at  marisa@ratinoffdisputeresolution.com  with a copy to Sonia at  sonia@ratinoffdisputeresolution.com   no later than seven (7) days’ prior to the mediation date.

For briefs that exceed twenty (20) pages (including exhibits), please deliver a hard of the brief and exhibits to Ms. Ratinoff at 17328 Ventura Boulevard, #405, Encino, CA 91316 on the date it is due.