Rande Sotomayor is an acclaimed commercial mediator, recognized for the determination and optimism she brings to every mediation. Her down-to-earth, common sense approach distills the issues as she engages deeply with litigants and counsel. Rande approaches life – and dispute resolution – with curiosity and kindness, highly effective in the flexible process of finding durable solutions.

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” ― Jane Goodall

HOW TO HAVE PEACEFUL TALKS

The world is falling apart; we are seemingly on the brink of self-destruction. However, for the last three weeks, I have been virtually sequestered, caring for my 94-year-old Mom in a precious post-surgical bubble. Mom and I get along wonderfully well (it really is a wonder), and the time flew by with our attention diverted from current events.

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USEFUL TECHNIQUES FOR GETTING THE BEST SETTLEMENT IN COMMERCIAL MEDIATION

Recently, I conducted a successful mediation session regarding a home purchase. The parties had a dispute over access to an adjacent lot also owned by the seller. The deal blew up; they were each alleging the other had breached the purchase agreement.

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