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Joe Markowitz
Los Angeles business trial lawyer and mediator
Los Angeles business trial lawyer and mediator
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"Us" vs. "Them"
You want to know about us? The kind of people you can trust, that's us. Reputable people. About them, they are the ones who caused the problem, not us. The thing about us, is that we're right. We did nothing wrong. OK, maybe we made a few mistakes, and the ...

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Limiting options
There is a measure on the March ballot in Los Angeles, Measure S, that would among other things force a two year moratorium on most new big real estate development projects in the city. I'm not going to discuss here the merits of this proposal, even though ...

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"Soft" and "Hard" Negotiations, part 2
Yesterday, President Trump had a contentious call with Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia , in which he questioned a deal made by the Obama administration for the United States to accept a number of refugees currently held in detention by Australia, indic...

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"Soft" and "Hard" Negotiating Styles
When you look at the literature on negotiating, you tend to find (at least) two schools of thought. One, exemplified by Fisher and Ury's Getting to Yes and its progeny, is a "win-win" approach that emphasizes communication and exploration of parties' underl...

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Attitude
Parties in conflict may face a choice between various modes of conflict resolution--litigation, arbitration, mediation, or some other formal or informal process. Attorneys are accustomed to presenting their clients with this array of options, and explaining...

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Family business disputes
Problems that arise in running a family business sometimes manifest themselves as legal problems. That seems obvious when the company gets sued by an employee or vendor or customer, but can also occur when the other owners choose to invoke the courts when t...

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I was asked to do a presentation for California Lawyers for the Arts, which I have titled "Dispute Resolution In and Out of Court." Essentially I'm going to try to convey everything I know about the various forms of conflict resolution in a one hour present...

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Lost in translation
How do we know whether those with whom we are dealing have hostile intentions? How do we establish communication with them? How do we develop trust? The new science fiction movie Arrival attempts to answer these common problems in conflict resolution. Confr...

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Election
Senator George Mitchell, the architect of the Northern Ireland peace agreements, spoke at the SCMA Conference the Saturday just before the election. Senator Mitchell addressed what we, and whichever candidate won the election, need to do next to help bring ...

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Voting against peace
On Sunday voters in Colombia surprisingly rejected a peace agreement that the government had taken years to negotiate. The agreement would have ended more than 50 years of a civil war  that has pitted the government against the rebel FARC army. This latest ...
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