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Over ninety percent of cases ultimately are resolved before trial.  However, with 60 to 80 percent of the cost of litigation consumed by discovery, the time to settlement is the key to corralling costs.  With corporate counsel bent on controlling the costs of litigation and seeking lawyers and mediators who know how to do that, Paul Lurie is spearheading a new approach to mediation best practices that he calls Guided Choice. He is Chair of the Guided Choice Interest Group,  The American Arbitration Association is on board with the concept and hosted a webinar discussing this approach just this week.

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Laura A. Kaster

Laura is a full time neutral practicing in the NY metropolitan area. She is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and an IMI certified and CEDR accredited mediator on the AAA, CPR, FINRA, NY and NJ rosters. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer. She has an abiding interest in decision-making and judgment and using the teachings of neuroscience to improve our work. She is also an amateur watercolorist.

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