March 06, 2013 Practice Points

A Strategy for Building a Mediation Practice

By Shalini K. Kedia

Similar to other enterprises, building a mediation practice takes commitment, hard work, and perseverance. Excellent mediation training, diverse co-mediation experience, participation on mediation panels, and online visibility are key building blocks upon which to develop your practice. Here is the strategy that is working for me:

Take the Risk It is very difficult to build a fulltime mediation practice while practicing law, as it requires your undivided attention and time. Before you take the plunge you may wonder: Do I have what it takes? If you are an experienced attorney, have had success in business development, possess strong communication skills, are naturally diplomatic and trustworthy, can think outside the box, and are passionate about the art of mediation, then the answer is: Yes, you do have what it takes. But you also have a lot of work to do.

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