Client Comments | Mediation Offices of Floyd J. Siegal

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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

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.


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

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

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.


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

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.

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.


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.


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

Mr. Siegal helped me to settle a particularly difficult case, knowing when to push and when to pull back. Fortunately, he was not inclined to give up on a settlement that seemed impossible.

Ray Dolen, Esq.

Brunick, McElhaney & Beckett

A skilled mediator makes all the difference in the world. Floyd brings together diverse parties holding divergent views and deftly brings those parties to the same page by pointing out both the strength and weakness of the case, without rhetoric and without posturing. Couple that with complete knowledge of the subject matter of the dispute and complete knowledge of the facts of the case at issue, and a credible approach to arriving at points of agreement finally leads to a result that all sides can live with. Put your faith in the mediator and let him do his job. You will not be disappointed.

Stanley J. Matalon, Esq.

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.


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

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

Floyd was an excellent mediator. He was patient, even tempered yet forceful and knowledgeable. He was able to get the case settled quickly.

Rinat B. Klier Erlich, Esq.

Manning & Kass, Elrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Floyd was very attentive throughout the mediation and made my client feel heard. Though we were not able to resolve the matter initially, Floyd followed up and continued to subtly move the parties forward, even when the parties themselves didn’t think any more could be done, to the point where the matter settled. I would definitely recommend Floyd and look forward to working with him again.

Martin Moreno, Esq.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

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.

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

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

Todd A. Daley, Esq.

Prata & Daley, LLP

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.

Mr. Siegal worked diligently and tenaciously to get our case settled (even when no one else in the building thought there was a prayer of reaching a settlement). He immediately established a relationship of trust with our client, and effectively used all the tools at a mediator’s disposal to get the matter resolved.

Allen B. Grodsky, Esq.

Grodsky & Olecki, LLP

Yesterday’s resolution was truly amazing. This was a bitterly contested action which involved a cross complaint as well. When I arrived at 9:30 am, I was so certain the case would not settle that I parked in a 2 hour tow-away zone, convinced it would be over in an hour. By noon, I moved my car into the parking garage. When the mediation finally ended, and a settlement agreement was actually signed, about 7:00 pm, although totally exhausted I was exhilarated to finally put this one to rest. Your patience and persistence for over 8 hours was the primary basis for the remarkable outcome. You are to be congratulated and I wholeheartedly recommend your services as a mediator to any and all. You are number one on my list of potential mediators.

Edmond B. Siegel, Esq. (no relation)

Edmond B. Siegel and Associates

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.

Mr. Siegal goes above and beyond to facilitate communication and the exchange of necessary information between all parties. He knows how to utilize technology to assist the process. His honesty and respect encourage trust throughout the process.

Kimberly J. Morley, Esq.

Early, Maslach & Van Dueck