Settle Stubborn Business Disputes Like Lincoln: Mediate

In his Notes on the Practice of Law, Abraham Lincoln wrote:

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise when you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, and expenses, and waste of time. As a peace maker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this."

Abraham Lincoln would have been a big proponent of mediation. Mediation is a process in which the parties to a dispute, with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator), identify disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives and work to reach an agreement. Sullivan & Ward, P.C. has an experienced group of mediators.

Larry McLellan is a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America". Larry will graduate in May with an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri Law School. Larry is a Board Certified Mediator by the American Academy of ADR Attorneys and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. He has been the mediator or arbitrator over the past decade in matters involving the following areas: Business and Commercial Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Toxic Torts and Personal Injury.

Bob Holliday is also a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Bob has completed mediation / arbitration training through the American of ADR Attorneys. He mediates cases involving Personal Injury, Business and Commerical Law, School Law and Family Law.

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