Reno-Based Legal Mediation Services

Mediation in Reno: Effective. Confidential. Affordable. Local.

Barber Law Group is here to provide you with professional, effective, affordable mediation services. Our hand-picked team of highly experienced, superbly trained mediators will do what it takes to help you quickly solve your dispute with sure and consummate skill.

We provide a local Reno mediation for the following types of conflicts:

  • Partnership & Business Dispute Mediation
  • Contracts & Transactional Dispute Mediation
  • Employment & Workplace Dispute Mediation
  • Community Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Probate & Inheritance Resolution and Mediation
  • Family & Divorce Mediation

If you have a conflict in any of these areas, please contact us today for a free consultation. Your personal mediator is ready to help.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a cooperative process, wherein parties in dispute come to an agreement with the help of a neutral third-party, a mediator. Mediation is often an affordable, effective, flexible, confidential alternative to traditional litigation. The mediators with Barber Law Group are successful in close to 95 percent of the mediation proceedings they have assisted.

As an alternative to Litigation (going to court before a Judge), Mediation provides an effective stage in which to “amicably persuade your neighbors to compromise.” The Mediator, through various means, guides & assists the parties to develop an agreement which is amenable to both sides. They do this through creative problem solving, promoting understanding, facilitated negotiation and wise unbiased council. Your mediator provides a structure to the dialog which fosters trust, cooperation and creativity, in order to produce an agreement. The mediator does not impose his or her will on the parties, and only gives advice when asked or when appropriate.

Mediation Generally Has Three Phases:

  1. Preparation
  2. Meeting
  3. Follow-up

Three Basic Functions Of Mediation:


To prevent foreseeable conflicts by setting up agreements, structures and contracts, etc. This should be done at the beginning of a business venture, prior to agreeing to contractual obligations or when establishing any relationship with legal ramifications.


Determining what needs to be done to solve a problem or conflict which has already arisen. This is most often used for situations where there will be little or no contact between the parties afterwords. Rarely will a mediation simply be reparative.

Preventative And Reparation

Figuring out how to repair what happened, then setting up preventative steps to avoid it happening in the future. This is for situations where the two parties are going to have to have at least some contact in the future. People who may work day-to-day with each other. This is the most common form of mediation.

Why Mediation

Traditional litigation is a mistake that must be corrected… For some disputes trials will be the only means, but for many claims trials by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood. Our system is too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for really civilized people.” – Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, U.S. Supreme Court (Ret.)

There are many reasons to mediate a dispute. Barber Law Group remains focused on these core benefits:

  • It saves you time
  • It saves you money
  • It is confidential and flexible
  • It saves you money
  • It is highly effective
  • It saves you money

In litigation, the power to make decisions is given to the attorneys and then to a judge or jury. With mediation, you maintain a great degree of control. Granted, you share that control with the other party, but it is under the agreed upon process. If you do not like the outcome of your mediation, you do NOT have to sign the agreement.

Mediation is an opportunity for your actual voice to be heard. We don’t always expect you to be on speaking terms or in a good relationship with the other side, when we help you negotiate your agreement, either. Having strong emotions surrounding the dispute is not something which would preclude you from mediation. On the contrary, strong emotions are real and important. Your feelings should be accounted for and used constructively when building a mutually agreeable solution. Emotions are real, serious and often the primary motivator behind both sides of your dispute. What we do is try to harness your emotions and link them to a solution which works. For all parties involved.

At Barber Law Group we will do what it takes to help you, even if it is simply answering a few questions over the phone. Our mediators are thoroughly trained and exceedingly experienced. Our team approach facilitates a greater degree of problem solving and creativity in our agreements. The fact that our mediators have come to a satisfactory agreement over 95 percent of the time, demonstrates the effectiveness of our methods.

Mediation VS Litigation.

Mediation is different than Litigation or Arbitration. Litigation is a process wherein the parties give over control to their attorneys and the court system to obtain a result in their conflict/dispute. Litigation is invariably much longer and more costly than mediation. There are a great many reasons why Mediation should always be sought, instead of Litigation:

  • Mediation will cost you far less money: Courts do not open for free.
  • Mediation will save you days, weeks or even months: Trials require more time than you think.
  • Mediation allows for innovative, creative solutions: Courts can only order what is written as Law.
  • Mediation doesn’t require an adversarial mindset. Your relationships need not be sacrificed.
  • Mediation allows the people who are directly involved, to control the outcomes: A judge or a jury can never know all of the germane facts which surround an issue, and can only issue their Orders based on strict, legal guidelines.


Mediation Vs Arbitration.

Arbitration is a process wherein both sides present their case in a more informal setting than litigation. A trained Arbiter decides the outcome and has final say. Arbitration generally costs less than litigation, but the arbiter is the only one who has the power to make a binding decision. A major criticism of arbitration is that it is becoming as expensive and complex as the litigation it was intended to replace, in some circumstances.

In a mediation, you are in control and can decide to not agree. In both litigation and arbitration, you are legally bound to whatever is decided.

Experience and Wisdom can guide you through.

The hand-picked team of highly experienced, superbly trained mediators with Barber Law Group are fluent in all aspects of the Mediation process, and well versed in the negotiation skills requisite to their functions. Please contact us right away if you’re facing a conflict which could benefit from our many years in practice. Initial consultations are always just a phone call away.

Contact us at 775-323-6464 right now, before you lose another moment to worry or frustration.


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