Mediation as an Alternative to Trial, By William Barzee

When two parties have a conflict that may result in one filing suit against the other, mediation may represent a way of avoiding trial. Federal courts have mediation programs, which serve to resolve issues without the expense of a trial. Mediators are attorneys with at least five years of experience, who are appointed by the court; often they do not charge for their services.

Mediators must be impartial and may suggest alternatives, clarify issues, assist in negotiating, and provide guidance in reaching a final agreement. They hold the proceedings in confidence, but do not play the role of judge or jury in that they do not provide a decision or rule based on the law.

Mediation can be advantageous for the parties in conflict because it is less expensive than going to trial, allows them to know the other party’s best offer, and allows for a range of solutions to be presented and considered. Often, client satisfaction is higher following mediation than it is after a trial.

About the author: William Barzee is a trial attorney practicing in Miami, Florida.


About William Barzee

Miami native William Barzee has lived, attended school, and worked in the south Florida city his entire life. Attending Coral Gables Senior High School as a teenager, he later enrolled at the University of Miami, also in Coral Gables. During his undergraduate years, he joined various student organizations. He served as a Student Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees and spent time as the President of the student government. William Barzee’s scholastic aptitude earned him memberships in the Iron Arrow Society, the Appeals Committee, and the Honor Council. Finishing his degree at Florida International University in Miami, William Barzee earned a Bachelor of Arts and became a member of a Phi-Lambda national honors fraternity. Returning to the University of Miami at its School of Law to earn his legal degree, he supplemented his studies with a variety of services. Contributing to a national mock trial team, William Barzee also participated as a Finals Review Student Lecturer and Honor Council Student Advocate. He wrote for the University of Miami Law Review and won an American Jurisprudence Book Award before graduating cum laude. Accepting his first career position with the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, William Barzee spent over three years as a Special Assistant Public Defender and close to five years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. After a year and a half as a solo practitioner in Miami, he cofounded his criminal law practice Barzee Flores. Located at the Courthouse Center, 40 N.W. 3rd Street Penthouse 1 in Miami, Barzee Flores has represented clients in federal and state cases since 2008. For more information on Mr. Barzee and the law firm, please visit
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