Our Philosophy On Mediation
As a court-certified mediator for the Riverside and Los Angeles superior courts since 2003, Lori Hershorin’s job is to pragmatically and cost-effectively facilitate the resolution of disputes that sensibly address the parties’ interests in a reasonable and time-efficient manner.
Mediation Vs. Litigation: Why Should You Choose Mediation?
Mediation can alleviate the stresses of litigation and allows the resolution of disputes to take place outside the courtroom. Litigation can be expensive, time-consuming and uncertain, as it removes the decision-making process from the hands of the parties and places it into the arms of a disinterested judge or jury. The mediation process restores decision-making to the parties with a vested interest in the outcome. Mediations conducted by Ms. Hershorin allow complex or simple disputes to be resolved with practical and realistic solutions without the stress afforded by typical litigation. In light of the current closure of courts due to COVID-19, court cases will take many months to years longer than their original court dates or, if the case hasn’t yet commenced, years to weave through the system. Utilizing the newest technology, mediation services via videoconferencing will allow for beneficial solutions to be created for both parties without waiting for the courts to reopen.
Areas Of Expertise
In order for a mediation to be successful, not only is the willingness of the parties to resolve disputes required, but an experienced and efficient mediator who implements creative resolutions, listens and extends an understanding to all participants involved and works endlessly to reach a settlement is necessary as well. Drawing on more than 17 years of experience handling comprehensive litigation, serving as a temporary judge, engaging in extensive mediation and arbitration training, and mediating hundreds of cases, Ms. Hershorin’s diverse background affords her the ability to settle the most complex legal matters in areas such as:
- Real estate: Commercial and residential real estate issues involving title disputes, boundary line disputes, easements, right of ways, broker disputes, leases, nondisclosure in real estate transactions, buyer-seller disputes, wrongful foreclosure issues and escrow disputes
- Business: Business disputes, partnership dissolutions, unfair competition and unfair business practices
- Insurance: Breach of insurance contracts and bad faith
- Employment: Wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and employment disputes
- Torts: Fraud, negligence, defamation, trespass and intentional infliction of emotional distress
- Personal injury: Numerous negligence cases, medical malpractice and dental malpractice
Videoconferencing And Remote Access
Given the recent world events, adapting our practices has never been more at the forefront of our day-to-day operations, including the ways in which we conduct mediations. As such, until it is safe to resume daily operations, Ms. Hershorin utilizes the newest and most reliable technology to conduct remote mediation conferencing services. This allows for both parties and their counsels to engage in mediation services while maintaining the separation and discretion normally instilled during in-person conferences. By engaging in these videoconferencing strategies, she continues to provide the highest level of service to all parties.
- Half-day mediation (4 hrs.): $1,600
- Full-day mediation (8 hrs.): $3,200
- Additional time billed at $400/hr.
- Administrative fee (per party): $75