• Effective Advocacy in Mediation
  • January 16, 2004 | Author: J. Kevin Bridston
  • Law Firm: Holland & Hart LLP - Denver Office
  • Most commercial litigators pride themselves on their trial advocacy skills. To be sure, an effective commercial litigator must be an effective trial advocate. But to be truly effective as a commercial litigator, a lawyer must have more than trial advocacy skills. The simple fact of the matter is that most cases are resolved short of trial. According to a recent report in the New York Times (December 13, 2003), less than two percent of federal civil cases are resolved by trial. A substantial majority of cases are resolved through settlement.