Nov 18, 2020
When it comes to settling a dispute, negotiation is typically the preferred resolution method. Negotiating not only provides a quicker agreement between both parties, but it is also the most private and affordable option available. So why would lawyers choose litigation over negotiation? Jack Russo and Robert Lieff are acutely aware that too many lawyers negotiate poorly and are unable to approach a problem as something that can be solved jointly. Litigation has changed over the years and more often litigants are viewing the opposing party as the enemy instead of the problem. Has litigation become the only way two parties can walk away from a problem without feeling ripped off? Is it time for law schools to change and start better preparing lawyers to act as mediators?