pectations begins at the start of the attor-ney-client relationship. Once an attorney
begins to understand the basic facts of
the case and analyzes the applicable legal
theories, it is time to craft a preliminary
assessment of the case. It may be necessary to conduct some discovery and
investigation before reaching any final
conclusions. While some exploratory
discovery is a necessity, confirmatory
discovery may be overkill and should be
avoided in certain instances.
In part 1 of this series, we introduced five qualities commonly possessed by attorneys who are successful as advocates in the mediation process.
We simultaneously identified ways at-
torneys can unknowingly sabotage the
same process. Here, we expound upon
that framework with a candid discus-
sion about what helps and hinders dis-
6. Managing Client
Expectations: “What Do
You Really Want?”
As all seasoned mediation advocates
know, proper management of client ex-
10 Cornerstones of Effective
Mediation Advocacy – Part 2
Preparing the Client and the Strategy
By A. Michelle Jernigan and Bruce A. Blitman, Esq.
This article represents the second in a two-part series about effective mediation advocacy. A.
Michelle Jernigan and Bruce A. Blitman, who are both certified and experienced mediators in
the state of Florida, have authored both installments.