Resolving Conflict Through Mediation


T.J. Voboril - Owner and Mediator

As a vehement proponent of the magic of mediation, I frequently feel like a voice crying in the wilderness.While there are an increasing number of people embracing the potential of mediation, there are many who regard the process with contempt.This group is disproportionately comprised of high-powered business people and old-school litigators.In their misguided view, talking through their issues is too touchy-feely, the domain of hippies and mystics. They see mediation as the coward’s way out of a conflict.I find that perspective to be a massive pile of equine excrement.But their perception of mediation as “new-age” is at least partially correct:there is no doubt that mediation is the future of dispute resolution.Not only can it meet the needs of families in crisis or neighbors at each other’s throat, but it is a boon to the bottom-line.

Companies are built on the sweat and dreams of their founders and employees.In addition to the daily pressure of keeping afloat, business owners come across conflicts of all types on a regular basis.These may be inter-departmental squabbles, problems with suppliers, or dirty dealings by competitors.The friction of disputes siphons off energy from the company, robs it of efficiency, and ends up costing hard-earned dollars.A business that avoids dealing with these issues can put itself in real jeopardy.Allowed to fester, these matters may bring down the company, particularly if they result in litigation.Decades of toil and hope can be undone by one lawsuit.In the legal profession, this is referred to as “bet-the-company” litigation and it is prestigious for a lawyer to claim that area as a specialty. These lawyers are incentivized to push their clients to the brink, so as to potentially bring the attorney higher glory.

Closing Day 2016 at Aspen Highlands - RKV Law partners Dan, Ryan, and T.J. hike and ski Highlands Bowl on a beautiful Spring day.