MEDIATION is an alternative way of resolving disputes between parties. In mediation, the parties meet in joint and/or private sessions with SHARON HAMILTON BROACH—a neutral third party—to evaluate strengths, weaknesses, and potential outcomes, review information, and creatively explore, identify, and negotiate mutually acceptable resolutions that are acceptable to all parties.

Hamilton Broach brings to The Brown House a team that is committed to achieving closure of your conflict without the protracted and expensive nature of litigation. Armed with a thorough knowledge of the law and facts that impact your case, Hamilton Broach will engage the parties and guide them in meaningful discussions conducive to resolving their dispute. Always treating each client with respect and acutely aware of the emotional factors that might be at play, Hamilton Broach has built a reputation for preparedness and professionalism and sets the standard for legal excellence in Birmingham and throughout Alabama. The individuals and professionals that choose Hamilton Broach are assured of working with mediators who are available, responsive and well-versed in the law and willing to explore creative approaches to dispute resolution. Hamilton Broach is fast becoming a provider of choice for mediation services in Alabama.

Sharon offers exceptional mediation services in an environment designed to facilitate workable solutions to any dispute. Utilizing her extensive experience and knowledge of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and traditional dispute resolution proceedings, Sharon tailors the mediation services she provides to suit the needs of the attorneys and parties that seek her help. Sharon has mediation experience in multiple areas of the law and in cases involving multiple parties. She has mediated cases involving the following areas:

Office Amenities Include:

Working lunch provided for full-day mediations
Complimentary snacks and beverages
Free wireless internet
Multiple conference rooms
TV and DVD
Copier and fax services

What is mediation?

What is mediation?

  • Choose mediation and bypass the investment of time, money, and resources that is an inherent part of litigation. The average mediation takes approximately 5 hours whereas the average lawsuit takes approximately 15 months.
  • Participate in resolving your dispute and avoid the uncertainty of a jury verdict.
  • Utilize flexibility that allows the parties to agree on creative resolutions that may not be available in a court of law.
  • Enjoy freedom to openly discuss issues and alternative solutions since confidentiality prevents disclosure of information revealed during mediation.
  • Preserve ongoing relationships by sidestepping the antagonistic nature of litigation.
  • Mediation is available at any point after a dispute arises.

Why should I choose mediation?

Why should I choose mediation?

  • Mediation is a collaborative process, meaning that it is designed to encourage the parties to work together to reach a mutually agreeable solution in an environment that permits everyone to be heard.
  • Mediation is more cost-effective than pursuing a lawsuit through the court. You may be able to save money on attorney’s fees, discovery costs, trial preparation and trial.
  • Mediation is also more efficient and can resolve matters more quickly than through litigation. The average lawsuit takes approximately eighteen months to complete; the average mediation takes approximately six hours.
  • Mediation allows great flexibility and creativity in resolving disputes. Unlike trials, where courts and juries are bound by the relevant law, mediation allows parties to fashion their own resolution.
  • Mediation awards as well as information provided during the mediation process are confidential.

Are there any disadvantages to mediation?

Are there any disadvantages to mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process that relies upon the willingness of both parties to the dispute to want to try to solve their differences without pursuing a lawsuit through the courts. There is always a risk, however, that one or both parties will walk away from mediation without a resolution. The parties will still be required to pay their attorneys for the actual mediation time as well as any time spent preparing. In addition, the mediator fee must also be paid. Where all parties are not interested in reaching a solution, mediation may not be more cost-effective than litigation.

I am interested in mediation. How do I get started?

I am interested in mediation. How do I get started?

Once all the parties have consented to mediation, visit the calendar to schedule a date.

Do I need an attourney to mediate my dispute?

Do I need an attourney to mediate my dispute?

No. You do not need an attorney to mediate your dispute. However you may find that an attorney can help you prepare for and navigate the mediation process as well as explain the legal issues that impact your dispute. You may also want to have an attorney represent you where other parties involved in the mediation are represented by counsel.

What if the other side doesn’t want a mediation?

What if the other side doesn’t want a mediation?

Unfortunately, unless mediation has been ordered by a court as a result of a lawsuit, mediation is a voluntary process and requires the agreement of both parties to participate. Even where mediation has been court-ordered, neither party is obligated to reach a settlement and is entitled to have his or her case decided through the court system.

What does mediation cost?

What does mediation cost?

Mediation costs will vary from case to case but a successful mediation is typically less expensive than the cost of litigation and trial. The mediator’s fee is usually paid by both parties equally but the parties may agree to a different arrangement. You are responsible for paying your attorney for his or her time as well as paying your share of the mediator’s cost.

What if I start the mediation process – Can I change my mind?

What if I start the mediation process – Can I change my mind?

Yes. At any time during the mediation process you can decide that you no longer want to participate and the mediation will conclude. You will be responsible for your portion of the mediator’s fee and for your own attorney fees up to that point.

Do I have to agree to the solutions the mediator recommends?

Do I have to agree to the solutions the mediator recommends?

Yes. At any time during the mediation process you can decide that you no longer want to participate and the mediation will conclude. You will be responsible for your portion of the mediator’s fee and for your own attorney fees up to that point.