Desert Cities Mediation

Lisa Garvin Copeland

Making it Stick

As an attorney mediator it is always gratifying to learn that an agreement produced as a result of a mediation you facilitated stood up to judicial challenge. On August 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division Two issued a decision following a Desert Cities Mediation by Ms. Copeland that will undoubtedly have a wide impact for California Community Associations in Rancho Mirage Country Club HOA v. Hazelbaker (2016) WL 4199091. The Court’s opinion illustrates some of the challenges faced when the parties are crafting the terms of a settlement in a conference room that involves physical alterations of a remote property, continuing the judicial policy to favor the spirit of the settlement even if its technical application requires some post-mediation revision. 
You can read the text of the Rancho Mirage Country Club HOA v. Hazelbaker case from the home menu bar.
Here Are Just Some of the Comments Made By Mediation Participants
 “Ms. Copeland handled an emotionally charged pre-litigation dispute and was able to quickly filter the issues in order to reach the settlement goal. Ms. Copeland’s practical resolution was exactly what the parties needed.”
          Attorney Renell Burch
 “I have used Lisa as a mediator on several occasions, most recently on a very complex probate dispute. Lisa patiently worked with the parties and through diligent efforts, was able to broker a deal that brought 10 years of probate litigation to a positive conclusion to benefit everyone.  Were it not for her patient efforts, the case would not have resolved.”
Attorney Matthew J. Hunter

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