A Woman’s Way to the Federal Bench

Daily Journal Profile: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Louise LaMothe prepared for eight years before leaving her practice to become a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Daily Journal Profile July 13, 2012

What if I don’t exchange my mediation brief?

Some lawyers tell me, “I don’t want to exchange briefs,” but I think that’s generally a bad idea.  Why? Because if you don’t exchange yours, you won’t get the other side’s and you do want to know what their theories are, don’t you?  Wouldn’t you be embarrassed if their brief emphasized a theory of recovery […]

What if… It’s early in the case—should I agree to mediation anyway?

Some lawyers think that mediation is worthwhile only if they can get to settlement, but not all cases are like that.  Even if it’s early, if the other side proposes it, you can gain from mediation like this:  Figure out what you want to get from the other side, and ask for that as a […]