For full day mediations, the per party flat rate covers all preparation time, individual meetings and/or calls in advance of the mediation, the mediation session itself, the use of our mediation facility, scheduling and administration of the mediation, a working lunch, and appropriate follow-up telephone calls with counsel, if necessary. Additional fees may apply to mediations requiring travel.
Half day mediations are popular in many circles, but they are often ineffective in the types of cases we mediate. With that said, we’ll be happy to mediate for a half day if, after a discussion with you, we believe it’s appropriate under the circumstances. Our rate for half-day mediations includes the same pre-mediation preparation and follow-up consultations as full day sessions and anticipates approximately four hours of actual mediation time. If additional mediation time is requested, this time may be charged at an hourly rate of up to $250 per party per hour.
It is our practice to make appropriate adjustments to the per party rate for matters involving more than two parties, and to consider a reduced fee in some cases for matters involving less than $300,000 or under other special circumstances. If you have one of these cases and would like to explore a rate adjustment, we would be happy to discuss it with you.
Full payment of the mediation fee should be received three business days prior to the mediation date. All fees will be refunded if the mediation is cancelled at least three business days prior to the scheduled date. In the event the mediation is cancelled with less than three business days’ notice, the mediation fee will nevertheless be refunded if another mediation can be scheduled for the reserved date.
Arbitrations are conducted at a flat fee of $4,500 per day, regardless of the number of parties. This fee includes the use of our arbitration facility and break-out rooms for up to three parties and lunch for all counsel and witnesses, but does not include any administration fees due any third party arbitration provider. All hearing time and pre-hearing and post-hearing activities are typically billed in half-day increments. An advance retainer based on the anticipated time required for the hearing and all pre-hearing and post-hearing activities is required.
Unless otherwise agreed, any retainer in excess of fees already earned will be returned if a matter is cancelled prior to the hearing date. Other arrangements will be necessary in those cases where more than three days are reserved for the hearing.