Mediation is likely to be the closest your client gets to having their day in court. Are you ready for it? Please join the panelists in an interactive discussion of effective mediation advocacy skills and strategies, including mediator selection, preparing clients for mediation, overcoming hurdles to settlement, effective written mediation practices, and developing a negotiation strategy. If you're going anywhere near a mediation, this program, co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Young Lawyers Section, is not to be missed!
Panel: Scott S. Brinkmeyer, Law Office of Scott S. Brinkmeyer
Sheldon J. Stark, Mediator and Arbitrator
Moderator: Nakisha Chaney, Salvatore Prescott Porter & Porter
Scott S. Brinkmeyer
Scott is the immediate past chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals. Since 2004, he has been a member of the National Panel of Civil Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, and a SCAO-approved facilitative mediator listed for appointment in numerous state circuit courts. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan, he was also president of the Western District of Michigan Federal Bar Association, and chair of the State Bar Representative Assembly. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV preeminent. Specializing as a civil trial lawyer since joining Mika Meyers in 1975, Scott has represented national corporations, small and medium sized businesses, and individuals as lead counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of civil litigation lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. His broad experience as an advocate, case manager, and negotiator has transitioned well into his ADR practice. Over the past 16 years, Scott has chaired three-member arbitration panels, served as the sole arbitrator, and as a facilitative mediator, in scores of complex matters involving business and commercial disputes, breach of contract, partnership dissolutions, environmental claims, employment discharge and discrimination, fraud, varied real estate issues, franchises, tort and product liability, and many others, arising both in Michigan and across the country. He retired from Mika Meyers in 2018 to open the Law Office of Scott S. Brinkmeyer, focusing his practice on arbitration and mediation.
Nakisha N. Chaney
Nakisha Chaney is a partner at Salvatore Prescott Porter and Porter where she concentrates on civil rights, employment litigation, workplace investigations, and mediation. A member of the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Nakisha has represented a number of clients in mediation, and she serves as a mediator for the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center. Nakisha has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the National Black Lawyers Top 100. In 2018, she received the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Martin L. King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Award, and, in 2020, Nakisha, along with co-counsel, were named as finalists for the prestigious Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Sheldon J. Stark
Sheldon J. Stark is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators and an Employment Law Panelist for the American Arbitration Association. He is also a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi). He is past chair of the council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar and formerly chaired the Skills Action Team. Mr. Stark was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law from August 2010 through May 2012, when he stepped down to focus on his ADR practice. He is the recipient of the Labor and Employment Law Section's Distinguished Service Award and the State Bar Representative Assembly's Michael Franck Award.