Burns & Levinson announced today that Shepard Davidson, a partner in the Business Litigation group and member of the firm's Executive Committee, has been certified as a mediator by MCLE.
With 27 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation cases, Davidson brings a deep level of expertise helping clients resolve their business litigation disputes. He has represented clients in hundreds of mediations throughout his career, and this certification will enable him to serve as a neutral mediator in cases where he does not represent either party.
"I view litigation as a business problem, and often solving that problem involves considering many factors beyond the legal merits of the case. I thrive on finding ways to solve those problems quickly and cost-effectively," said Davidson. "I look forward to using my experience as a litigator to help parties resolve their disputes through mediation, and avoid the time and expense of litigating in court."
Mediation, which is voluntary and non-binding, has become more and more popular in recent years due to the rising costs of litigation, the length of time it takes for conflicts to be resolved in the courts, and the stress and uncertainty associated with protracted litigation. The courts also frequently encourage parties to mediate disputes to help clear backlogged dockets.
"Many clients don't fully understand the mediation process. Sometimes, they think their own lawyer should be able to settle a case with the other side's lawyer – and often, they can. In many cases, however, an impartial mediator can bring a lot of value and can find a way to break a logjam that may stifle settlement. Even if the mediator can't resolve the dispute, both parties usually learn something valuable that may lead to a settlement down the road or help them if the case does go to trial. There is nothing to lose and a lot that can be gained by mediating, and I am excited to help parties achieve those gains," added Davidson.
Davidson previously served as co-chair of the firm's Business Litigation group. He received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1986.