Noah Stein Mediation

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About Noah Stein

Noah specializes in multi-party dispute resolutions in which relationships are often long-standing.  This includes Business Partnerships, Home Owners and other Equity Associations, Community and Professional Associations, Real Estate and similar business partnerships.

Noah received a Bachelors degree in Economic & Cultural Geography from University of California at Berkeley, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis with emphases in Finance and Organizational Behavior.  He holds a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Cal State Northridge.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of problem solving, and is usually quicker, more efficient, less expensive, less volatile, and less anxiety-provoking than other structured forms of dispute resolution.  Mediation also tends to result in resolutions that are more durable and satisfying and can bring closure to disputes that may have been lingering for long periods of time. 

Mediation works by being both structured and flexible, and because it is lead by someone who is not does not have a specific interest in the outcome of the dispute.  The process creates boundaries while focusing participants on their objectives rather than distractions. 

Mediation is voluntary and confidential.  Disputants are guided through their negotiation, and create a mutually agreed upon resolution.  An agreement isn’t final unless all parties say so. 

Finally, when parties create an agreement, it is legally binding in the same way that any other contract would be.

Where to Start

No matter where or what kind of dispute you’re in, you can always choose to mediate.  You may have a long-simmering inter-party dispute, a fully engaged legal action, or you just see trouble on the horizon.  There is always an opportunity to alter the trajectory with mediation.

Below are suggestions for where to start based on where you might be in a dispute.

Active Litigation

I’m in a legal dispute – filings for legal action have been made and/or a trial is pending.

Potential Litigation

I’m in a legal dispute, but no formal filings have been made.  

Legal Consultation

I’m in a dispute, and talking to an attorney but have taken minimal or no formal legal action.

Active Dispute (Non-Legal)

I’m in a Dispute, and considering getting legal advice.  I’m not sure if that’s the way to go, but it’s tempting.  

Negotiation Impasse

I’m at an impasse with another party (ies) on a matter. I don’t see this as needing to be a legal fight, but we’re definitely stuck. We’re in a very difficult situation and not sure what to do next.  

Degraded Interaction

I’m in a difficult situation and not quite sure what to do next.

Success Stories

Dilapidated HOA Building

In this case, four of ten condominium units had been purchased by new owners within a six month period. After sale of the units, it was determined that the extent of repairs required to the exterior building were more substantial than originally known.  The four new owners had to choose what their best option was: litigate against previous (and possibly current) owners, take no action, or negotiate another outcome.  In a lengthy meeting and planning process, I helped the new and existing owners create a process to upgrade the building together.  The result was a master-plan, an unusually successful transformation of an HOA building, and higher property values across all units.

Neighborhood Traffic Abatement Dispute

In this case, representatives from several individual blocks in a neighborhood, working with the Department of Transportation, experienced increased tensions when a plan to abate traffic was implemented after two years of un-resolved negotiations.  I was contacted by several of the participants to help facilitate a new agreement.  A new solution was agreed to and implemented within six months, and ratified by a community-wide vote. 

Landlord Tenant Property Condition Dispute