Conversation with Jeff Kichaven – one of California’s leading mediators. Kichaven, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has been mediating complex litigation disputes, including a variety of intellectual property related disputes, for nearly 20 years.
“The primary goal in mediation is to allow clients, with the assistance of their lawyers and the mediator, to make the best decisions possible under the circumstances. We want people to make clear, strong decisions about how to proceed with their cases. Almost all the time, when we exchange information and talk about the case in detail, its strengths and weaknesses and the prospects for the future of the litigation, people want to settle cases if there’s any reasonably possible way to do so. And what we do in mediation is we try to determine whether there is any reasonably possible way to do so.”