Not every legal dispute requires protracted litigation to resolve. One of the most effective forums in which negotiation can take place is mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where the parties engage in face-to-face negotiations facilitated by a neutral third-party, frequently another experienced attorney or a retired judge. Spencer Fane mediators possess the right combination of legal experience, impartiality, content knowledge and communications skills. All Spencer Fane mediators are specially trained, experienced trial attorneys who analyze the issues, discuss alternative outcomes, challenge entrenched positions and facilitate negotiations.