Karl Gerber has represented Los Angeles plaintiffs in employment litigation since 1993. He has mediated more than 1,000 full day mediations with all levels of mediators. While most articles about mediation are by mediators, about what practitioners should do at mediation, this is an article written by a practitioner to mediators.ONCE THE PARTIES ARRIVE
At the scheduled start time, the mediator should be with all parties, or physically acknowledge all parties present within five minutes of the scheduled start time. Every human being, from a minimum wage worker to an executive of a Fortune 500 company, does not like sitting in a room for ten minutes to an hour from the scheduled start time before meeting the mediator and it being explained what is going on.