Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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When you attend mediation, you may usually bring anyone with you that you believe will be helpful in coming to an agreement. The purpose of mediation is for you and the party you are having a dispute with to talk things through, listen to each other, compromise and come up with a plan that works. You aren’t going to be presenting witnesses or putting on a “case” like you would at a trial, so the people you need to bring with you are those who may help you to come to an agreement at the mediation or whose opinion you will want before you decide to settle. 

Who to Bring to Mediation

There are a few people you should definitely bring to mediation. These include anyone who you would need permission from before accepting a settlement. For example, if you work for a company, someone with authority to settle must be there; otherwise the mediator may end the session because no agreement can possibly by reached. You will also want to bring a lawyer for sure, since the mediator’s role is not to make sure that your rights are protected or that the agreement is fair. The mediator’s role is just to help you work things out. 

Finally, it may be a good idea to bring your spouse or significant other or parent, or anyone else who you would like to consult or whose input you would like to receive before settling.This way, if there is a settlement that seems fair, you can get their opinion then and there and the settlement process will not be delayed. 

Getting Help with Mediation

If you are going to mediation, the most important person to have present is a lawyer to protect your rights. Consult a lawyer as soon as possible so you can learn more about how to prepare for the mediation process and make it successful.