Rick Barrier, Mediator

A better way to resolve disputes: in Vancouver, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska
Why Mediate?

"The notion that most people want robed judges, well-dressed   lawyers, and fine court room settings to resolve disputes is not correct. People with problems, like people with pains, want relief, and they want it as quickly and as inexpensively as possible."

                                     - Former Chief Justice Warren Burger



                             What is Mediation?


Mediation is an effective, but often misunderstood, problem-solving strategy. It is a process in which a neutral intermediary acts to facilitate communication and agreement between people and businesses involved in a dispute.


How does it work?  At the mediation session, all participants share their point of view. The mediator and other participants ask questions to ensure clear understanding of all relevant issues, interests, and positions.


The mediator does not:

                -Act as anyone's attorney

                -Give legal advice

                -Evaluate the matter

                -Decide who wins or loses