Client Comments | Mediation Offices of Floyd J. Siegal

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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

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 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

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

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.

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

I recently had the privilege of working with Floyd on a very difficult case, where the parties were not only light years apart on settlement, but had an antagonistic history. Floyd did a perfect job of handling the delicate negotiations and succeeded in getting the parties on the same page.

Matthew Biren, Esq.

Biren | Katzman

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

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

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

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

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.

Sometimes in mediation, technical, law-based techniques are not effective with certain parties, or when applied to certain facts. Such was the case with a matter that Mr. Siegal recently mediated for us, and Mr. Siegal recognized that fact right away. Mr. Siegal’s relaxed yet focused approach ultimately facilitated settlement of a case that all parties and counsel believed impossible. Thank you for your efforts.

David P. Beitchman, Esq.

Beitchman & Zekian, PC

Thanks again for your efforts, and for restoring my faith in the mediation process. It was all about our client, and he seems to be content that it is all over. That’s what counts the most for me. You were pivotal in making our client happy. Thank you.

Frank Y. Ariel, Esq.

Floyd’s knowledge of the case and his approach to my clients led to the resolution of this matter. He was able to adapt to the personalities involved and zeroed in on the primary issues and practical aspects of the case.

Roderick D. Fong, Esq.

O’Rourke, Fong & Manoukian, LLP

I have had great success in using Mr. Siegal in mediating matters. He is very effective and goes to great lengths to assist settlement negotiations beyond what in my experience most mediators will do. He does this by thinking outside of the box in order to find compromise. Mr. Siegal has a genuine interest in facilitating the process so all parties understand what is needed to reach a resolution that is in everyone’s best interests. I look forward to utilizing his skill and expertise in the future.

Christopher P. Lyon, Esq.

GILSLEIDER & TREMBATH

You did a great job on this. You have the right intellect, skill and patience for mediation.

Wayne Avrashow, Esq.

One of the elements that impressed me most during this process was Mr. Siegal’s calm and comforting demeanor. Most important, he was able to instill confidence and faith in the process of mediating for my client. And, while there is a tendency for the adversarial nature of the litigation to bleed into the mediation process, Mr. Siegal was able to keep the conversation and negotiation moving in a common direction, and ultimately assisted in the successful disposition of the matter.

Matthew D. Riojas, 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 managed to settle a matter in mediation that I thought for sure would not settle that day. Bravo!

Mark Tseselsky, 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

I found him to be extremely patient, professional, and diligent. I would highly recommend him for even the most contentious cases.

Bruce N. Graham, Esq.

It was a pleasure working with you as a mediator in this matter. This was a difficult case with multiple plaintiffs and posturing pre-mediation. I appreciate the time and effort you put into understanding the case and formulating your proposal. Having four out-of-state clients was not helpful, but your efforts contributed to a global settlement of the matter.

Arnold W. Gross, Esq.

Wilshire Law Firm, PLC

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

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 promised that he would follow-up with the attorneys after we left his office and he made good on that promise, eventually helping us craft a creative settlement.

Jeff Carlson, Esq.

Carlson & Messer, LLP