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James Mathie

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James Mathie

Hi, this is Jim Mathie. Thanks for taking the time to consider me to assist you in resolving your dispute.

Mediation offers advantages that you can’t get in litigation. Significantly, you get to determine whether to resolve your dispute and how to do it. That won’t happen in court. Someone will win and someone will lose. Sometimes both sides actually lose. In mediation the win–win, is not a myth, it can really happen.

My goal is to assist the parties to understand each other’s perspective. Understanding does not mean agreeing, but through understanding the parties can often see past the blinders that litigation imposes and mine the creativity necessary to find a mutually beneficial resolution.

Whenever possible, I use mediation through understanding. Instead of working separately against each other, the parties work together – often in the same room – to understand each other and resolve their differences.

We don’t ignore the legal aspects of the dispute, but we put it in the proper perspective, looking at strengths, but also recognizing risks and practical realities.

This isn’t easy. There is tension in any conflict. But parties who have the courage to address their differences and are open-minded enough to know that there are always two sides, can transcend their conflict and gain true resolution and in so doing preserve past, present or future relationships that are too important to destroy by litigation.

There’s more to it than that, but I’m only allowed 1600 characters here, so please give me a call and we’ll talk. Thanks again.

ADR Experience

Mediator of more than 400 civil matters 2016 – present

Education

Juris Doctor 1986, Marquette University Law School. Milwaukee.
Thomas More Scholar.

Bachelor of Arts.-Journalism, 1981, University of Wisconsin. Madison.

Areas Of Practice

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sports
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer

Mediations

450

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Mediating the Litigated Case; Straus Center for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, (42 hours) August, 2015
  • Divorce and Family Mediation Training; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, (40 hours) October-November 2015
  • Advanced Mediation Training; Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc., (8 hours) May, 2015
  • Mediation Training; Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc., (40 hours) June, 2013

Awards

  • 2022 Best of Wisconsin Law Journal Silver Award Mediator

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • WAM - Wisconsin Assoc. of Mediators
  • State Bar of Wisconsin; Dispute Resolution Section Board; 2017-present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association; ADR Section, Chair; 2016-present

Publications & Presentations

  • Ethical Awareness When Negotiating, Dispute Resolution Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin, December 22, 2021
  • Drafting Mediation Agreements After Ponfils Trust, Dispute Resolution Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin, February 25, 2020
  • Mediating the Zipper Merge, Dispute Resolution Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin, September 3, 2019
  • What Sudoku and Mediation Have in Common, Dispute Resolution Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin, June 29, 2018; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, July, 2018
  • Mediation Statements: Give Them the Attention They Deserve and Then Give Them to the Right Person, The Verdict, Fall, 2018; Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Winter 2018; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, September 27, 2017
  • A Second Opinion Can Be Helpful…Or Not; Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Spring, 2018; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, December 21, 2016
  • Using the Full Strength of Your Case in Mediation; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, June 14, 2017
  • Using Your Client’s Authenticity in Mediation; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, March 1, 2017; The Verdict, Spring, 2016
  • Attorneys Are Confident. That’s A Good Thing, Right?; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, December 21, 2016
  • What’s Your BATNA?; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, October 26, 2016; Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer, 2016
  • To Offer First Or Not?; Wisconsin Law Journal, On Mediation Column, September 28, 2016
  • Get Out of Your Silo: What We Can Learn from Mediation in Different Subject Matters; CLE Presentation, State Bar Annual Meeting and Conference, June 16, 2022
  • Ethical Traps in Alternative Dispute Resolution; CLE Presentation; Milwaukee Bar Association, December 8, 2021
  • Mediation for Paralegals and Legal Assistants; Milwaukee Bar Association, April 14, 2021, October 13, 2021
  • Get/Keep Your Practice Moving with Online Mediation; CLE Presentation, Milwaukee Bar Association, May, 22, 2020
  • Considerations and Tips for a Successful Mediation in Your Car Crash Case; Car Crash Symposium 2019, State Bar of Wisconsin CLE, January 18, 2019
  • Take Advantage of Everything Mediation Has to Offer; CLE Presentation; Milwaukee Bar Association, Three-Part Series, October 12, 2016, January 11. 2017, March 8, 2017; Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Summer Conference, August 5, 2016
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