A form of alternative dispute resolution generally required by the courts before going to trial. Mediation will be conducted at an agreed upon place and time, facilitated by a mutually acceptable mediator, unless the parties cannot agree, in which case the court will appoint a mediator for them.

Mediators are professional conflict managers (sometimes attorneys by training). A mediator is not a judge. Mediators only serve to facilitate agreement, not to impose judgment.

The aspirational goals of mediation are to [1] provide a safe environment and positive climate for the expression of positions and interests, [2] foster understanding and trust between the parties, and [3] resolve the dispute before ever having to go to trial.