Sometimes it's not an option to have all the parties together in a conference room.
Zuber Mediation is pleased to offer Video Conference Mediations. All participants attend the mediation conference, but by video rather than in-person. No travel is necessary. Instead of everyone convening in the same physical location, the participants join an online meeting. All that is required is a high-speed internet connection and a device with a built in microphone and video camera. Most laptops, cell phones and tablets will work. Our office will provide a link to join the conference and the participants may appear from their homes or offices.
Like an in-person mediation, we begin together in the main meeting "room" and, following opening remarks, the parties are moved to separate breakout "rooms" to caucus privately. For the caucus sessions, the Mediator “walks” from one video breakout room to the other by joining and then leaving each video meeting room. Counsel and their client may confer privately when the Mediator leaves the caucus room.
We set up the rooms to mimic the rooms at our office: A plaintiff's breakout room, a defendant's breakout room and, if deemed helpful, an additional room for discussions between lawyers. We can establish as many breakout rooms as are required.
We use Zoom online meeting service for our video mediations. The technology is similar to Skype and Facetime, but with additional security features and the ability to assign parties to private caucus rooms as described above. Before the Mediation, we will email you the detailed, step-by-step instructions for joining the video conference. We can also set up a test session in advance of the conference so that you and your clients will be comfortable with the technology.
We also offer telephone mediations using Bell Conferencing.