Fees & Scheduling

Fees & Scheduling2024-01-02T15:28:01-08:00

Fees & Scheduling | Mediation Offices of Floyd J. Siegal

Half-Day Mediation Full-Day Mediation
Two or Three Parties $4,950 $9,900
Four or More Parties $6,000 $12,,000
Pre-Mediation Preparation – Time Allotted 1 Hour 2 Hours
Day of Mediation – Time Allotted 4 Hours Unlimited
Post-Mediation – Time Allotted Unlimited Unlimited

Additional Information

Pre-Mediation Conferences / Mediation Briefs2023-11-22T09:20:50-08:00

Prior to the mediation, Floyd makes himself available to each attorney for a pre-mediation conference — via telephone or Zoom — to privately discuss the matter in detail, spending as much time as necessary to acquaint himself with the facts, the issues in dispute and the potential obstacles to resolution, in order to help him design the mediation process to be most effective and efficient.

These pre-mediation conferences frequently obviate the need to submit a formal Mediation Brief. However, the parties are strongly encouraged to prepare and exchange Mediation Briefs with one another. The parties are invited to copy Floyd on such briefs and/or provide a separate confidential mediation brief with respect to information that is truly intended to be confidential.

Whether or not a formal Mediation Brief is submitted, the parties are encouraged to provide Floyd with an itemization of economic damages, together with copies of relevant photos, videos, contracts, estimates and/or other documentary evidence in advance of the mediation.

If a formal Mediation Brief is submitted, it should be submitted no less than 48 hours before the mediation and should include: (1) the identity of the persons who will be attending the mediation, (2) a brief summary of the facts, (3) the issues which are in dispute, (4) the contentions of the parties, (5) the history of any settlement discussions that have taken place, and (6) a discussion of any matters that may prove to be an impediment to resolving the dispute. Discussions of general legal principles are not necessary.

Mediation Briefs may be submitted as pleadings, letters or informal e-mail communication, but shall not exceed 10 pages, including exhibits.

Please refrain from submitting deposition transcripts, discovery responses and medical records. They will not be reviewed. To the extent you believe it may be necessary for Floyd to review relevant portions of any such documents, you are welcome to share them during the mediation itself.

Mediation Briefs should be sent to fjs@fjsmediation.com, with a copy to briefs@judicatewest.com

Post-Mediation Follow Up2023-11-21T08:28:04-08:00

If the matter is not resolved on the day of the mediation, Floyd provides unlimited follow-up by email and/or telephone, at no additional charge.

Locations for Full-Day Mediations2023-11-21T08:27:25-08:00

For Full-Day Mediations, Floyd is available to travel to all Judicate West office locations throughout California — or any other location within the following Southern California counties — at no additional charge:

  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura
  • Kern
Hourly Rate for Additional Time2024-01-02T13:30:00-08:00

If the parties — subject to Floyd’s availability — would like to extend a Half-Day Mediation beyond its scheduled time of completion, all additional time will be billed at the rate of either $990 per hour (disputes involving 2 or 3 parties) or $1,200 per hour (disputes involving 4 or more parties).

Payment / Cancellation Policy2020-04-05T19:38:58-07:00

All case administration and mediation fees are due and payable in full immediately upon receipt of an invoice from Judicate West. Failure to pay in full at least 10 days prior to any Half-Day Mediation or 30 days prior to any Full-Day Mediation may result in forfeiture of the reserved mediation date. All supplemental charges are due and payable immediately upon receipt of a supplemental invoice from Judicate West.

For cancellation policies, please refer to Judicate West’s continuance/cancellation policy, which can be found at https://www.judicatewest.com/Firm/PricingAndPolicies.

Apportionment of Mediation Fees2020-04-05T19:40:23-07:00

It will be assumed that each party is responsible for its proportionate share of the total fee for the mediation, unless indicated otherwise.

Who Should Attend Mediation2020-04-05T19:40:53-07:00

Whenever possible, those with ultimate settlement authority should personally attend the mediation, as should anyone whose presence and participation might influence the outcome of settlement discussions (i.e., spouses, business partners, etc.). If the person with ultimate settlement authority is not able to personally attend the mediation, please inform opposing counsel well in advance of the mediation and confirm that opposing counsel is nevertheless willing to proceed with the mediation.

Documenting a Settlement2023-11-22T09:13:14-08:00

Under California law, evidence of a settlement reached at mediation is inadmissible, and the settlement therefore cannot be enforced, unless the settlement satisfies the provisions of Evidence Code Section 1118 (with respect to “oral agreements”) or 1123 (with respect to “written agreements”).

Evidence Code Section 1118 requires that an “oral agreement” must meet all of the following requirements: (a) it must be recorded by a court reporter, tape recorder or otherwise reliable means of sound recording; (b) the terms of the agreement must be recited on the record in the presence of the parties and the mediator, and the parties must express on the record that they agree to the terms recited; (c) the parties must expressly state on the record that the agreement is enforceable or binding, or words to that effect; and (d) the recording must thereafter be reduced to writing, and the writing must be signed by the parties, within 72 hours after it is recorded.

Evidence Code Section 1123 requires that a “written agreement” must be signed by the settling parties and must meet one of the following requirements: (a) it must provide that it is admissible or subject to disclosure, or words to that effect; or (b) it must provide that it is enforceable or binding, or words to that effect.

Given how strictly the courts have thus far adhered to and interpreted these provisions, it is strongly recommended that counsel bring a proposed form of settlement agreement or release to the mediation.

When necessary, Floyd is also able to prepare a Stipulation for Settlement for the parties to execute, whether in person or via Docusign.

Floyd Siegal was incredibly efficient and effective in resolving a difficult case that needed some extra attention to reach resolution.

Diana Pugh Lytel, Esq., SNYDER LAW, LLP

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.


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).

Allen B. Grodsky, Esq. , GRODSKY & OLECKI, LLP

Mr. Siegal exhibited the finest attributes of a neutral mediator in bringing the parties together in the successful resolution of an emotionally charged case.

Robert Scholnick, Esq., GRIMM & SCHOLNICK

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