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Tom Reilly of Chartwell Law. Courtesy photo Tom Reilly of Chartwell Law. Courtesy photo

Trial lawyers will universally agree that exposure to trial provides the greatest impetus for settlement of cases. Whether the settlement is reached before a judge, a master, or a mediator is inconsequential because the parties, knowing that they are going to be exposed to trial on a date certain, also know that the time has come to settle to avoid the risk of trial. Today’s pandemic world has, by and large, interrupted the normal progression of most cases regarding when they will go on trial. As a result, mediation has assumed a more important role in the process of disposing of cases by settlement.

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