Almost all law suits are settled without a trial. However, usually that
point is reached only after costly discovery and depositions, expensive
trial preparation and numerous delays. Mediation has been found to be
a very effective and cost efficient method of resolving civil cases without
incurring the high cost and uncertainty of a jury trial. It is for these
reasons that many lawyers and litigants seek alternative means to resolve
Mediation offers satisfactions that the litigation system cannot hope to
offer. These are:
- Choice of mediator
- Flexibility as to time and place
- Low cost
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Mutually acceptable results
- Control of the outcome
As a neutral third party, the goal of the mediator is to solve the problem
which exists between the parties. Fault-finding, or assessing blame is
a function of the jury and is not part of the mediation process.
Harry Goldberg is one of the Firm's managing partners and has been
a certified civil court mediator since 1995. He has a record of assisting
litigants and their attorneys in settling their cases. He is chairman
of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the South Carolina Bar.
He has participated in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs on
mediation as well as speaking to various non-lawyer audiences on the benefits
of mediation. Harry has appeared on television discussing the benefit
of mediation in South Carolina. Mr. Goldberg has been selected for inclusion
in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice of
mediation & arbitration.
Presently, mediation of civil cases is mandatory in many counties in South
Carolina, including Richland County.