I came late to the Floyd Siegal roll out. While I had heard from several people that Floyd was very good, we all develop a “comfort level” with a handful of mediators and frequently stay within a self-imposed “list” of mediators. Approximately three years ago, an adversary suggested Floyd and I decided to give him a chance; a decision I definitely do not regret. Floyd opened my eyes to his ability to listen and observe the situation (including what is truly driving the particular mediation), as well as his stealth persistence. I use the term "stealth" because it exemplifies Floyd’s pursuit in a course of action, in spite of difficulty or opposition, without any perceived force. Simply put, Floyd keeps a dialogue moving even when the parties claim they want to stop. Where other mediators feel they have reached an impasse, Floyd realizes this is where the work begins. Whether through a joint breakout session of counsel; allowing a party (not attorney) to merely speak, thereby allowing the party to feel that their position/feelings are validated; or post-session telephone calls, Floyd keeps people talking. Since the purpose of mediation is to find points of agreement, the more discussion the better. Now, after thee years, Floyd Siegal is on that list of mediators that fall within my “comfort level” and I do not hesitate to suggest him as a mediator to each of my adversaries.
Gerald DeSimone, Esq.
DeSimone & Huxster