Mario practices facilitative mediation; a process that emphasizes the parties’ importance in determining a working solution to their problems through discussion, cooperation, and an understanding of the issues involved in the dispute. In his role as mediator, Mario assists the parties in taking a practical, solution-oriented approach, while identifying and addressing difficult obstacles to communication.
While facilitative mediation requires a substantial commitment of effort from everyone involved, the process can pay dividends by saving the parties the time, stress, and monetary expenses associated with litigation. Individuals generally feel more satisfied after reaching a resolution through mediation, since they are able to come to their own agreements and solutions without having a decision imposed upon them by an arbitrator or the court.
Mediation can also be instrumental in preserving ongoing relationships, especially when employed early in a dispute and before the parties have invested significant resources towards pursuing legal action. While mediation is not a process that will work for everyone, its significant potential benefits and relatively low costs make it an option worth exploring.