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The Boston Dispute Resolution Services Newsletter

July 2009









In This Issue
Summertime Blues?
BDRS Areas of Focus
Practice Tip

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Michael Pezza
Michael has been a lawyer in Boston for more than 28 years.  In addition to BDRS and his law practice, Law Office of Michael A. Pezza Jr., Michael is on the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law.
Michael is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and its New England chapter, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and other ADR-related bar association groups.
For more information about Michael, please see About Michael Pezza at the BDRS Web site or click on his picture.


Welcome to the short and sweet July issue of Resolution Solutions, the Boston Dispute Resolution Services newsletter, which provides information about mediation and other dispute resolution options, services at BDRS, practice tips, and news concerning dispute resolution.

Michael A. Pezza Jr.
Stormy Weather
Summertime Blues?

Rained out vacation or stay-cation?  All work, no play?  Soggy garden or washed up golf game?  It seems that this year there are plenty of reasons for the summertime blues. 

With all due respect to Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart, however, there is a cure for the summertime blues ... at least if those blues are caused by a looming fall trial schedule, or even just that one case that you know should be settled (you know the one ... the one you think of at night when you can't sleep  ... wait ... that case is why you can't sleep!)

The cure?  Mediation at Boston Dispute Resolution Services.

Visit the BDRS Web site to learn about mediation and the other services I offer that can help you find a cure for your summertime blues. 

Except for the ones related to the weather ...

"Litigation is the basic legal right
which guarantees every corporation
its decade in court."
David Porter

BDRS Areas of Focus
At BDRS, our mediation and other ADR services focus on litigation (and claims likely to end up in litigation) involving the following substantive areas and issues:
Business and Commercial, including contract, business torts, and unfair competition disputes
Class Action and Mass Torts, including products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer issues
Construction, including defect, cost overrun, and delay claims
Employment and Workplace, including executive compensation, severance, non-competition, and non-disclosure issues
Entertainment, Fine Arts, Music, and Publishing, including credit and compensation, advances, royalties, contract disputes, and rights of publicity, reproduction, distribution, derivative works, and performance
Insurance, including complex commercial and excess and surplus lines coverage disputes, Lloyd's and other London Market or European insurance issues, reinsurance, unfair claims settlement practices, and agent and broker errors and omissions claims
Intellectual Property, including copyright, trademark, and trade secrets
Lloyd's and Other London Market or European Insurance, including Names/syndicate relations, underwriting, broking, duty of utmost good faith, U. S. brokers and agents, U. S. syndicate operations
Media, Defamation, and Privacy, including libel and slander, invasion of privacy, false light portrayal, access
Professional Liability, including claims involving legal, medical, and financial professionals
Product Liability
Serious Personal Injury and Death
Trust and Estates, including will contests, beneficiary/trustee disputes, fiduciary duty issues
Unfair or Deceptive Practices, including bad faith and claims under M. G. L. c. 93A
MAP suit
Practice Tips
The mediator's role
The mediator's role is to guide the process in a productive and efficient manner, and to facilitate communication among the parties.  The mediator is not sitting as a judge, arbitrator, or evaluator. The parties themselves control whether and how the dispute is resolved.  When the parties reach a resolution, the mediator will assist the parties in memorializing their agreement.

Problem.  Solved.
Michael A. Pezza Jr., Esq.
Ten Post Office Square, Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts  02109