Unless the parties involved in litigation are committed to resolving their dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible, litigation frequently drags on for years. It is expensive. The dispute is likely to be fought in the public sphere, and bad publicity can do incalculable damage to your business. To make things worse, the outcome is rarely satisfactory to either party, even the one who prevails. For all these reasons, and many more, parties to lawsuits are increasingly turning to mediation.

Mediation can generally be completed in a single day, effectively saving what can amount to years of legal expenses and the risks of surprising verdicts. Not only is mediation fast, it is also confidential. Litigation is a matter of public record. Mediation helps to ensure that matters which are best kept confidential, do so. Also, parties that mediate generally do so to resolve a dispute, not to fight one.

While every party seeks the best resolution, the goal of mediation transforms the ultimate goal from “winning” to “resolving,” the dispute. Accordingly, there is much higher likelihood of reaching a resolution that will be mutually agreeable.

Choosing a mediator can be very difficult. How is one to discern whether a mediator is going to be neutral, effective, or able to understand the legal and factual complexities of a particular dispute? Shawn Stevens, the founding member of Food Industry Counsel, provides mediation (and general ADR) services throughout the country to parties engaged in food safety and food quality disputes.

Stevens completed his mediator training with the American Arbitration Association, and is a veteran attorney whose practice has been solely dedicated to food law for more than a decade. Whether you are seeking to resolve a food safety or quality commercial claim, or a food safety consumer claim, Stevens is extremely well-suited to help.

Stevens is noted for his remarkable ability to help parties find common ground, open dialogue, and guide parties to resolution. His success largely derived from his remarkable legal acumen, farm to fork understanding of the food industry, and his ability to grasp complex issues and articulate them in a manner that helps all parties recognize the value of settlement. Moreover, having represented hundreds of clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, Stevens understands the complexities of the food industry, food safety litigation and food safety law.