As a mediator, there is always a case that you question yourself as to what you could you could have done differently in order to resolve the matter. My case involved a personal injury case. It appeared to be straightforward, as the defendant had admitted liability and the plaintiff ended up having surgery allegedly because of the accident. Unfortunately, the mediation process went sideways before the mediation even began. While introducing myself to the defense attorney who had arrived first, he said
I’d like to get to the point and save some time and money. If they aren’t willing to take (25% of the cost of the surgery), then let’s end this and have a nice lunch.