The virtual mediation or arbitration may become a new option for attorneys and parties to participate in the future.
The confidential private breakout rooms, which Judge Gehl provides to separate the parties, offers an open communication between the mediator, attorneys and parties without needless worry of breaching confidentiality. Breakout rooms further provide privacy between parties and their own attorneys without the mediator.
Time is money and both are saved by the virtual mediation or arbitration meeting.
Peggy Gehl HAS NEVER charged for room rental fees, traveling costs, or administration fees. But the time involved with waiting for late participants due to traffic jams, accidents, or court delays, is no longer a factor with the virtual videoconferencing platform. The meeting simply does not begin until all the participants are present in the virtual meeting.
Additionally, there is no cost to the parties for the use of Zoom.us or GoToMeeting.com.
To familiarize attorneys or their clients with virtual meetings, Judge Gehl would be happy, at no cost, to schedule a virtual meeting with parties or attorneys who would like to learn the Zoom.us platform, which is used by the 17th Judicial Circuit judges and General Magistrates. A short tutorial helps to familiarize parties and attorneys with the platform, which to many parties can seem intimidating. It is smart to smooth out the glitches before the mediation so that every minute is spent mediating your case instead of wrestling with internet headaches.
Please contact Judge Gehl, 954-646-5544, or her assistant, Deborah Gordash, at 954-338-0997, to schedule a mediation, non-binding arbitration, or umpire assignment, or to just enjoy a tutorial on the Zoom.us platform.