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Commercial Mediation Part VII: Arriving at Closure, Follow-up and Multiple Sessions, and an Overview of the Benefits of Mediation and Mediation Practice Building

(175 Ratings)

Produced on: March 13, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Whether as goal or as natural result of a process of empowerment, recognition and understanding, there comes a time for closure – to materialize and finalize the parties’ agreement.  This often happens at the end of a day of mediation, and might also occur after follow up communications or multiple mediation sessions


In Part VII of this Commercial Mediation program, we review considerations attendant to final stages of mediation, including capturing, testing, and memorializing deal terms. Where matters have not resolved during a first mediation session, we emphasize the importance of follow up, and discuss optimal ways to continue negotiations – whether through subsequent phone conferences, email communications or additional in-person mediation sessions – joint or caucus. Messrs. Hochman and Baum will address separate topics of interest to commercial mediators.  These include understanding the benefits of mediation (and communicating them to parties and counsel).  They address questions raised by participants from earlier Parts of this 8 part Commercial Mediation webinar, and, time permitting, will provide tips on building one’s own practice as a commercial mediator.


Learning Objectives: 

I.       Understand how to bring a deal to closure 

II.      Memorialize key deal terms 

III.     Comprehend how to keep a mediation alive if the first mediation session does not produce a deal 

IV.    Recognize the importance of homework 

V.     Cultivate effective follow up conferences, communications and subsequent mediation sessions 

VI.    Effectively communicate the benefits of mediation 

VIII.  Build your own mediation practice:   

a. Bar participation

b. Practice

c. Web presence

d. Teaching and training

e. Mentoring

f. Publishing

g. Mediation agreement and forms


Simeon H. Baum

Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.

Simeon Baum, President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (, has successfully mediated over 1,000 disputes. He has been active since 1992 as a neutral in dispute resolution, assuming the roles of mediator, neutral evaluator and arbitrator in a variety of cases, including the highly publicized mediation of the Studio Daniel Libeskind-Silverstein Properties dispute over architectural fees relating to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, Trump’s $ 1 billion suit over the West Side Hudson River development, and Archie Comics’ shareholder/CEO dispute. He was selected for New York Magazine’s 2005 - 2014 “Best Lawyers” and “New York Super Lawyers” listings for ADR ( and Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for ADR in New York for 2011 and 2014 ( for the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation Lawyers 2012-14.

An attorney, with 30 years’ experience as a litigator, Mr. Baum has served as a mediator or ADR neutral in a wide variety of matters involving claims concerning business disputes, financial services, securities industry disputes, reinsurance and insurance coverage, property damage and personal injury, malpractice, employment, ERISA benefits, accounting, civil rights, partnership, family business, real property, construction, surety bond defaults, unfair competition, fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy, intellectual property, 

Mr. Baum has a longstanding involvement in Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"). He has served as a neutral for the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York Mediation Panels; New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Part, Statewide; Commercial Division, New York State Supreme Court, New York & Westchester Counties; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York; the New York Stock Exchange; National Association of Securities Dealers; the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and CPR, and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), among others. 

Mr. Baum’s peers have appointed him to many key posts: e.g., Member, ADR Advisory Group, Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York County; ADR Advisory Group and Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee, N.Y. State Unified Court System. Founding Chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, he was also subcommittee chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s ADR Committee; Legislative Tracking Subcommittee Chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; Charter Member, ABA Dispute Resolution Section Corporate Liaison Committee; President, Federal Bar Association’s SDNY Chapter, and Chair of the FBA’s national ADR Section. He is past Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Committee on Arbitration and ADR. Besides serving on the NYCLA’s Committee on Committees, he is past Chair of the Joint Committee on Fee Dispute and Conciliation (of NYCLA, ABC NY, and Bronx County Bar Associations), and is on the Board of Governors, NYS Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Director for the New York NADN panel. 

Mr. Baum has shared his enthusiasm for ADR through teaching, training, extensive writing and public speaking. He has taught ADR at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Development, and he teaches Negotiation, and Processes of Dispute Resolution (focusing on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He developed and conducts 3-day programs training mediators for the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York, Queens, and Westchester Counties. He has been a panelist, presenter and facilitator for numerous programs on mediation, arbitration, and ADR for Judges, attorneys, and other professionals. Mr. Baum is a graduate of Colgate University and the Fordham University School of Law.


Carolynne K.

great package -

Gwen I.

Best one in a very good series!

D. Larry G.

Excellent strategies.

Merrick W.

Good, down-to-earth suggestions.

Terence S.

excellent presentation

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