Ambition and Wishful Thinking



For many years I’ve mediated thousands of widely varied civil lawsuits.  No matter how diverse the subject matter, wrongful death, real estate, employment or contract, many cases have been fueled by an ambition that is often hard to distinguish from wishful thinking.  Although ambition is usually displayed by the amount of damages sought by plaintiffs and their attorneys, it also regularly appears in the attitude of defendants and their lawyers and insurance claims personnel for different reasons.

Plaintiffs ambitiously chase “justice” having never experienced the difficulty of winning a civil lawsuit.  The most ambitious litigants in this regard are usually the least...

read more..

Latest Posts in Law

Kinsella V. JAMS: Trial and Endgame

In 2015, venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella and his wife, Tamara, chose to litigate their divorce before a retired former judge and JAMS panel member, Sheila Sonenshine.  JAMS is a large national provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services and has more than 300 panelists in a number of U.S. cities.


"The key word is 'trust.' Without it, you're dead. Without it, stay home!" - Alan Gold, Canadian mediator

The level of trust between mediators and parties is key to the success of the mediation process. When two or more parties decide to participate in mediation, it’s generally because some sort of dispute, disagreement or litigation has been instigated. As a result, a certain level of distrust has already been fostered between the parties. There’s no guarantee that by participating in mediation they will ever truly come to trust one another... and in some instances, there are sound reasons not to, but even parties entrenched in mutual suspicion can come to trust a true neutral. It’s vital that mediators work to earn the faith and confidence of each party. Without the participants’ trust in both the mediator and the process, the outcome of mediation will be less than ideal – if a resolution can be achieved at all

Gregg Bertram | True Neutral

Why mediation? What is the difference between mediation and arbitration? Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Attorney Gregg Bertram, who is the founder and CEO of Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC. Now two years old, Pacific ADR is expanding its number of panelists. We asked Gregg Bertram a few questions about the nuts and bolts of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Pacific ADR Consulting | The Peacemakers

When Pacific ADR Consulting burst on the scene in 2015, no one could be too surprised.  For years, the company’s founder, Gregg Bertram, was well known in the Seattle legal community as a top-notch mediator who placed high on everyone’s short list. Need a mediator? Gregg Bertram was held by many attorneys as the one to call.

Building a Professional Reputation: Attorneys as Experts and Business Leaders

Throughout my career in P.R. I’ve worked with many attorneys to help them build their awareness for brands and their law practices. Our news portal publishes news about lawyers and has a special section for law. The news portal also offers attorneys access to build an Online Press Kit.  I enjoy working with attorneys because I have respect for their time constraints (billable hours) and know how to effectively use content marketing and expert positioning to build awareness for their reputation. I wrote this article especially for lawyers!!