Mediation can be a useful solution for many types of entertainment-related disputes such as disputes amongst band members or between bands and their representatives, alleged breach of contract cases, royalty accounting disputes, etc.
Amy is a trained mediator in the community-based mediation model of dispute resolution. The community-based model of mediation is distinct from the caucus-based method that many attorney-mediators utilize because all participants remain in the same room for the duration of the mediation.
If the parties select Amy as their mediator, she will provide a confidential setting where the parties can meet, explore options, and work out their own solution. Please bear in mind that Amy will not express opinions, determine who is right or wrong, or give legal advice. Instead, she will serve as a neutral person that facilitates communication so the parties can reach a solution on their own that works for them.
If appropriate, Amy will also prepare a written statement of the parties’ agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by both parties. This document serves to formalize the agreement reached by the parties so that they can proceed with confidence about their unique solution. The parties are encouraged to review the memorandum with advisors of their choosing prior to signing. However, many parties choose to sign at the conclusion of the session without additional review so that they can “move on.”
Mediation sessions are typically scheduled for 2 hours, with 1 hour payable in advance and the remainder due at the conclusion of the session. Because Amy does not represent any party in the mediation, the parties split mediator fees equally (meaning that in a two-party mediation that lasts two hours, each party must pay for one hour of Amy’s time). By sharing fees, mediation tends to be a more cost-effective approach than other forms of dispute resolution.