Perspectives

Updates about Work Resolve, information about upcoming panels and events, and recent publications about important aspects of the mediation landscape.

Work Resolve Expands to Chicago

Work Resolve has expanded its dispute resolution services to Chicago with a dedicated office in the heart of the downtown Legal District. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the practice will now provide high quality and effective employment mediation services to the Twin Cities and Chicago communities.

 

 

 

Chair of ADR Section

Antone was recently elected to be the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association beginning July 1, 2019.  The ADR Section is comprised of over 400 members and provides services to virtually every aspect of the law.  Antone looks forward to the opportunity to partner with you in furthering the ADR Section’s mission of advancing the field of conflict management and dispute resolution throughout Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking Engagements — CLE Opportunities

Antone will be a co-presenter for a Minnesota CLE on the topic of Employment A to Z: Tips from the Mediators – How to Successfully Mediate Employment Cases.  Antone will also be the moderator of a panel for the American Bar Association ADR Spring Conference in Minneapolis on the topic of Playing with Fire – The Challenges of Mediating Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Claims in the #Me Too and #Times Up Culture.

Links to more information on these CLE opportunities are provided below.

https://www.minncle.org/SeminarDetail.aspx?ID=1225991901
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/events_cle/annual/

 

Bench & Bar Article on Sex Harassment Settlements

Antone was published in the August 2018 edition of Bench & Bar, the monthly magazine of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  Antone’s article, entitled Sex Harassment Settlements: A New Scarlet Letter H for Employers?, highlights the impact of the Me Too/Times Up movement on sexual harassment settlement agreements through the prism of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s timeless work – The Scarlet Letter.

http://mnbenchbar.com/ 

Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Council

Antone has been elected to the Governing Council for the 2018-2019 Minnesota State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. The mission of the Section is to advance and promote the field of conflict management and dispute resolution, and to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and educate practitioners, the bench and the public regarding ADR in Minnesota.

https://www.mnbar.org/members/committees-sections/msba-sections/adr-section#.WxVKLFMvz-Z

Thoughts and Tips on “MEDIATION”

Make use of pre-mediation discussions to identify hurdles.

Expect the discomfort of compromise to be palpable and felt by both sides.

Develop a settlement strategy that is not based on your “best day” in court.

Illuminate “pain points” early to increase the likelihood that they can be addressed.

Act on “olive branch” moments.

Transition your client from a “litigation” mindset to a “resolution” mindset.

Invest in a mediator who is prepared, persistent, and patient.

Offer creative solutions when you confront impasse.

Never believe a resolution is out of reach.