Client Comments | Mediation Offices of Floyd J. Siegal

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Mr. Siegal brings a different approach to mediation. He is a uniquely good listener, and puts that skill to good use in bringing parties from far apart to agreement. I highly recommend him.

Guy Gruppie, Esq.

Murchison & Cumming, LLP

Debbie and I want to thank you for your excellent work today. This has been hanging over us for what seems an eternity, and the resolution in which you were so instrumental is a great relief for us. Now we can get on with our lives and in leaving this all behind us, find some peace from an event that changed so many things for us. Would you please direct our donated portion of your hard-earned fee to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital? Again, thanks very much. Your clients are, I think, lucky to have you “on both sides.”

Debbie and David B.

Just a quick note of thanks for getting this matter closed yesterday. I was very inclined to walk a couple of times and your persistence paid off. The case would not have settled but for your considerable influence on the parties, particularly the plaintiff and her counsel. We have not worked together in the past but I will certainly keep you in mind for matters in the future and have routed your resume to the attorneys throughout my firm.

Arthur J. Chapman, Esq.

Chapman, Glucksman, Dean, Roeb & Barger

Floyd Siegal is a mediator with energy, enthusiasm, credibility, and a strong desire to never let a mediation end without a settlement being reached. His fresh approach to mediations is inspiring. I’ve attended too many mediations where the mediator simply “goes through the motions” and resolves nothing. But Floyd will keep the parties talking, present innovative ideas for settlement, and work as hard as anyone. I highly recommend Floyd Siegal as a mediator.

David Ring, Esq.

Taylor & Ring, LLP

Thank you for going well above and beyond the call of duty to get this case resolved. I honestly did not think the gap would get closed – but you kept us all engaged in your creative process and it worked beautifully! I know that my client was impressed and pleased with the outcome and has already added you to its list of preferred neutrals.

Michael G. Martin, Esq.


Graves & King, LLP

Personally, I am not a fan of mediation. I settle most of my cases by way of 998, or right before trial. Most mediations I attend leave the case unsettled and the parties frustrated, which causes the attorneys to spend time and money gearing up for trial. However, I recently agreed to use Mr. Siegal as a mediator in a hotly contested slip and fall case I was sure was not going to settle. To my surprise, he contacted both sides well in advance of the mediation and hashed out several issues that are typically addressed during the “first mediation,” which then necessitates a second session. Because of Mr. Siegal’s effort in this regard, the mediation was very productive at its inception as all the barriers to talking numbers had been resolved before we even got there. Needless to say, Mr. Siegal did a wonderful job during the mediation itself at getting my case settled in very smooth manner. I am again an optimist. Thank you.

Steven R. Vartazarian, Esq.

THE VARTAZARIAN LAW FIRM

Mr. Siegal is a very personable and even handed mediator. I would have bet my paycheck that the case he mediated for me would not settle. I would have lost that paycheck, as he managed to settle it. He was well informed about the case and facts and was creative in the tools he used to get us to the point where the case settled. His policy to donate a portion of his fee to the charity of one’s choice was impressive. He earned his fee and I would without hesitation recommend him to anyone on any side of the fence.

Mark D. Kaufman, Esq.

MARK R. WEINER & ASSOCIATES

I recently had the opportunity to mediate a premises liability matter with Mr. Siegal. This was the second mediation. The first was with a different mediator. The case involved multiple defendants and some unusual injury issues and evidence. At the outset, the parties were very far apart in their liability evaluation and numbers. The defendants, too, had issues regarding indemnity under their respective services agreements. With his relaxed nature and effective perseverance, Mr. Siegal kept the parties at the table with an ultimately positive result. And if that was not good enough, and it was, he never said stop after the clock ran over and never charged us for the overage. And Mr. Siegal’s generosity did not stop there. He also has a practice of donating a portion of his mediation fees to a charity of counsel’s choice. This needs no further comment. I recommend Mr. Siegal for your next case whether you are plaintiff or defendant. He is bright, fair to all sides and works hard. That’s all we can ask for.

Stuart Supowit, Esq.

JACKSON, JENKINS, & RENSTROM, LLP

Floyd Siegal is the ideal mediator: thoughtful, intelligent, fair, respectful and thorough. He accomplished more in a few hours with his “shuttle diplomacy” than all the costly discovery that preceded the mediation. Most importantly, he knows how to close a deal.

Coe A. Bloomberg, Esq.

Jones Day

Mr. Siegal was instrumental in settling a tough MIST case with seasoned counsel and difficult facts. The pre-litigation offer was in the low five figures. The case settled for six figures and above the pre-litigation demand. Mr. Siegal was patient and listened to the clients and determined their “needs” and “wants.” He brought a contemporary approach to mediation which was refreshing. He had both my clients’ and my confidence. Although the mediation concluded without a settlement, Mr. Siegal worked the back channels to bring about a fair settlement within a few days. I would not hesitate to use him again. He has my vote of confidence and I have recommended him to others.

Minh T. Nguyen, Esq.

LAW OFFICES OF MINH T. NGUYEN

I commend Mr. Siegal’s creative efforts as a mediator in a serious injury construction case. This case involved multiple parties and at the time of mediation two defendants’ summary judgment motions were pending and two other defendants were in for the duration. The potential outcome of the MSJ’s created different exposure to different defendants. Mr Siegal fashioned a formula that used the pending MSJ’s as a tool to encourage the parties to ultimately reach a significant 7 figure settlement. Mr Siegal’s phone follow-up between and after face-to-face mediation sessions was instrumental in keeping the parties engaged.

Steven B. Effres, Esq.

Effres & Associates

Floyd did a great job getting the parties together to understand the relative merits of their case, but was also able to advocate each side’s position on issues important to that side’s view of the case. He was frank about how the case would be perceived by a jury – and his realism made settlement a much more likely proposition. The best news was that we were able to persuade the other side to see the case our way!

Tyrone Maho, Esq.

MAHO & PRENTICE, LLP

Mr. Siegal targets the critical issues and promptly brings the parties to their “common ground” to reach a settlement.

Laurie S. Cox, Esq.

Shaver, Korff & Castronovo

Thank you for the fine job you did on Thursday. We had been through three prior mediations over the past four years, and were still a million dollars apart. You were able to cut that gap in half, and it was your guidance and encouragement that enabled us to take the final steps to finally settle the case on Friday afternoon. My clients are gratified and satisfied with the result.

Andy Roth, Esq.

Reid & Hellyer

Professional, courteous, but most of all persistent with a feel for getting the deal done.

Todd A. Daley, Esq.

Prata & Daley, LLP

I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a difficult trip and fall personal injury claim to Mr. Siegal for mediation. While the claim did not settle it was not for want of trying. Mr. Siegal showed great insight in his assessment of the legal and factual areas of concern. He then followed up throughout the post-mediation period in continuing attempts to bring resolution.

Neil C. Newson, Esq.

Newson & Associates

Floyd managed to settle a matter in mediation that I thought for sure would not settle that day. Bravo!

Mark Tseselsky, Esq.

Mr. Siegal was extremely effective in having the matter resolved. He took time in fully understanding the liability and damages. He was sympathetic and compassionate towards the Plaintiff, which allowed the Plaintiff to trust the mediation process and be open-minded about negotiations. As such, we were successful in settling the case. I strongly recommend him and can’t wait to use him again.

Siamak Vaziri, Esq.

Floyd, it was a pleasure to finally have the opportunity to work with you. You were a superb facilitator and very understanding of the issues relating to our client’s position. Mediation can be stressful and very emotional for the parties involved, but your calm demeanor and insightful advice helped our client obtain a longterm resolution to a shortterm problem. I look forward to working with you again soon!

Albert Siu, Esq.

I used Floyd for a Full-Day Mediation of a trip and fall with large damages and a variety of injuries. Floyd worked hard and was able to get to the defense’s top dollar. The case didn’t settle at the mediation, but Floyd kept in contact after and the case settled. I would use him again.

John Jahrmarkt, Esq.

JAHRMARKT & ASSOCIATES

Mr. Siegal is the epitome of a class act mediator. His experience and neutrality during a recent mediation helped settle a difficult case, where both liability and damages were disputed. Despite these issues, Mr. Siegal’s efforts resulted in a creative, yet favorable settlement for my client.

Narbeh Shirvanian, Esq.

The Shirvanian Law Firm, APLC

Even though the matter did not settle at the mediation, it was your diligence and persistence after the mediation which caused the case to settle favorably to my client.

L. Bishop Austin, Esq.

Mr. Siegal did a wonderful job explaining the realities of litigation to my client from an outside, neutral’s perspective, which in turn enhanced my client relationship and allowed me to spend more time litigating and less time hand-holding.

Donald J. Matson, Esq.

Mr. Siegal is extremely knowledgeable, patient and creative. His efforts went far beyond our expectations in settling our case. He is an excellent mediator and I highly recommend him. I look forward to working with him again in the near future.

Haleh Shekarchian, Esq.

Floyd Siegal was incredibly efficient and effective in resolving a difficult case that needed some extra attention to reach resolution. Mr. Siegal really does go above and beyond to facilitate a settlement and he knows the art of closing a deal.

Diana Pugh Lytel, Esq.

Snyder Law LLP

Thank you for your time today. I believe it was of assistance to all the parties. The most impressive talent, among many that you brought to this mediation, was the ability to make my client feel at ease and that you were indeed working towards a common good for all the parties. That ability allows the client to speak freely, think with more clarity and make needed concessions that they otherwise would not have in order to try move towards a resolution. I have added your name to my list of mediators and would not hesitate to use or recommend your services.

Rob Scapa, Esq.

I found Mr. Siegal to be very perceptive and patient in the face of a complicated family/business dispute. His persistence and reasoning brought the parties much closer to a resolution than I thought possible.

Kaz Uemura, Esq.