Practical Advice: Basic Strategies for Mediation and Arbitration (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2026


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2023 webcast, Practical Advice: Basic Strategies for Mediation and Arbitration.

Course Outline

  • Review the basics of arbitration and mediation
  • Learn how to handle unusual situations that may arise in these negotiations

Not all disputes need to end up in court. There are often good reasons to pursue alternative dispute resolution, but the skills and strategies to effectively advocate for your client in court are not always the best suited for mediation or arbitration. An adversarial approach can easily derail the mediation process. In this program, our experienced faculty members guide you through the basics of mediation and arbitration practice. You learn how to prepare your clients for mediation or arbitration and gain the skills you need for a successful resolution.

Topics will include:

  • How to identify appropriate cases for arbitration or mediation
  • The mechanics of these processes
  • How to handle unusual issues in arbitration and mediation
  • How to prepare your clients for alternative dispute resolution
  • When and how to use remote mediation
  • How to deal with an opposing party’s failure to negotiate in good faith
  • Top ten tips for successful mediation

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Lauren Ellerman, Frith & Ellerman / Roanoke
Hon. Michael Irvine (Ret.), Juridical Solutions / Richmond


Lauren Ellerman, Frith & Ellerman / Roanoke
Lauren Ellerman’s practice is focused on Medical Malpractice, Non-Compete Litigation, and Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect. As co-author of How to Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete, Ms. Ellerman is dedicated to working on behalf of Virginia employees and business professionals who are starting new ventures in their careers. She has represented clients with cases related to non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Ms. Ellerman also represents victims and their families in cases of wrongful death, serious injury, and medical malpractice. She has taught and lectured throughout the state, advising other attorneys on trial skills, discovery, client services, and more. Prior to joining Frith Ellerman & Davis Law Firm, PC, she worked for Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White in Leesburg, Virginia, where she focused on commercial litigation, criminal law, and domestic law.

In 2018, Ms. Ellerman was featured in Virginia Living magazine for her work inside and outside the courtroom. In 2016, she became the chair of the Long-Term Care Committee and joined the Board of Virginia Trial Lawyers (VTLA). In 2013 she was named to “Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She was also honored as “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Roanoke Bar Association for her community leadership. In 2015 she received an AV rating from Martindale Hubble. In 2016 she was named a Fellow in the Law by the Virginia Law Foundation and has been the youngest Super Lawyer in Medical Malpractice for the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2016.

Hon. Michael Irvine (Ret.), Juridical Solutions / Richmond
Judge Irvine served 12 years on the Circuit Court, presiding in Lexington, Rockbridge County, and Buena Vista, where he heard all types of civil and criminal cases. His prior experience encompassed 20 years of representing people in personal injury claims, including medical malpractice, construction disputes, insurance disputes, divorce, and other civil matters. He has personally tried over 100 jury trials. Judge Irvine gained specific insight into wills, trusts, and estates while serving as a Commissioner in Chancery and as the appointed Commissioner of Accounts for the public. In addition, he served his community as the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Buena Vista. When he is not mediating, Judge Irvine is likely to be fishing or on the golf course.

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