Although administration is not required for resolution, CPR offers assistance with the most critical element in your proceeding – the challenge of selecting the best neutral with the right set of skills. Choosing the wrong neutral can adversely affect the outcome of the dispute which, in turn, can have a long-term impact on business relationships and the bottom line. Selecting the right neutral is critical and should not be left to chance.
For a fee, CPR can act on behalf of all parties to help select a neutral that is ideally-suited to the case – and one that is acceptable to all sides.
Full Service Mediation: Except as provided below, all Mediations, including Franchise mediations: $825 non-refundable deposit; $1,650 total selection fee. The fee covers the CPR full vetting process, which includes a conference call with the parties to help CPR develop a list of nominees who will be vetted for conflicts purposes and from which the parties can choose their mediator.
CPR assists parties via three primary mediator selection services:
1. List of Mediator Candidates
CPR's processes provide that the parties may choose their mediator without assistance. However, selecting a neutral can be daunting. CPR maintains an extensive and detailed neutrals database which can be searched to identify neutrals who specifically fit parties requirements in terms of experience, credentials, language ability, and geographic location. Once criteria have been entered into the database, CPR simply provides biographies and contact information for the mediators meeting parties specific needs. The parties, then, proceed using their own selection process.
2. Vetted List of Neutral Candidates
The greatest burden faced by parties is to expeditiously find an agreed-upon neutral with no conflicts of interest and one who will be available when the parties want their mediation to take place. With its thorough vetting process, CPR can pre-screen mediator candidates for conflicts and availability and submit to parties a list of vetted candidates including biographical information, hourly rates, disclosures, and responses to special queries from the parties. The parties may then proceed with their own selection process or follow a traditional ranking.
In most cases, a mediator can be appointed within 1-4 weeks depending on the process used. An expedited selection means a more efficient and less costly process for all parties.
3. Direct Appointments
Acting as a widely-respected and independent organization, CPR can directly appoint a mediator when the parties provide for a direct appointment in their contract or at the parties’ request after the dispute has arisen. In that case, CPR will select a mediator who is fully qualified to resolve the dispute and who has been screened for conflicts and availability.
|Profiling||CPR works with counsel to develop a detailed profile of the qualifications and experience of the mediator. This due diligence also includes a discussion of the complexity and issues involved in the dispute and the potential for resolution. At this time, parties agree on a venue and a time period for the mediation. Parties can also agree on special queries to be made to the candidates.|
|Identification||CPR searches its database, including a thorough review of the neutrals’ substantive and procedural qualifications, to identify neutrals who best meet the parties’ desired requirements.|
|Query||CPR prepares a list of potential neutrals and queries them to determine their availability and willingness to serve, as well as to identify any potential conflicts. Any special queries are made at this time.|
|Nomination||Based on the responses received to its neutrals query, CPR provides parties with a list of candidates who are conflict-free and available for the calendar window that the parties prefer. The list is submitted together with biographical information, hourly rates, any disclosures, and responses to special queries.|
|Ranking||Absent party agreement to a different process, if parties are unable to agree on a mediator from the list, they rank their preferences, and CPR selects the nominee with the highest combined ranking.|
|Selection||CPR notifies the selected panelist, who contacts counsel directly to begin the dispute resolution process. The neutral assumes responsibility for both directing and administering the ADR proceedings.|
|Assistance||CPR remains available to address later arising challenges|
How Long will CPR's Vetting/Selection Process Take?
Typically, all steps are completed and the neutral is selected and assigned to the case within a month. Direct appointments can be made more quickly.