Mediation Services in Ann Arbor and the Surrounding Michigan Communities

Lisa J. Peterson is qualified under the Michigan Court Rules (MCR 2.411) as a mediator and has helped clients throughout Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County area achieve successful mutual resolutions of their disputes. Mediation can be used for nearly any kind of dispute: divorce, child custody, landlord-tenant, contract or business matters and more.

What is Mediation and Why Do It?

Mediation is a voluntary process facilitated by a neutral third-party who assists and guides the adversaries or disputing parties to a fair and workable agreement.

Here are some benefits of mediation:

  1. It is completely voluntary. That means that you can walk away at any time if you are unable to reach an agreement.
  2. Mediation is confidential and nothing is binding until you sign a written agreement.
  3. The mediator is neutral, focusing on the parties’ interests and desires to fashion a workable solution to the dispute or conflict.
  4. It is your agreement. Since the agreement is developed in mediation and not imposed by the court, parties have more flexibility to be creative in their solutions.
  5. It is often cheaper than litigation. Attorney fees, discovery expenses and court costs can add up quickly. Now multiply that times two — since both parties usually incur separate but often duplicate expenses.
  6. It is often faster. Litigation can take months, even years. Court calendars are often backlogged for months. Mediation puts the parties in control of timing and scheduling.

If you are interested in hiring an attorney-mediator to assist you in mutually resolving a conflict, please call Lisa Peterson at (734) 887-6300, or send her an email at You may also complete our online contact form.

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