$400 per hour plus
flat rate of $400 for prep time
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding process where a third-party neutral attempts to facilitate a settlement of a dispute without the need for further litigation. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania requires parties to civil cases to go through some sort of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process early in their cases. Most parties choose mediation because of the flexibility of the process and its relatively high level of success.
Mediator Christine T. Elzer has represented more than 200 clients in mediations. From that experience, she has learned what types of skills a mediator should have, and what works and doesn't work in mediation. She brings that experience to the table both as a counselor to her clients in mediations, and also as a neutral mediator.
Christine completed mediation training offered by the Alternative Group, a well-respected mediation practice group. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania. She is an approved mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She also provides pro bono mediation services for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations (PghCHR); acts as a mediator and arbitrator for the Allegheny County Housing Court; and serves as an arbitrator for Allegheny County's arbitration program.
In addition to providing mediation services, Christine also acts as a neutral in Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE). Recognizing that not every case is ready to settle, Christine assesses the strengths and weaknesses of parties' cases, and provides a realistic assessment of the risks of litigation. Christine has presented on Early Neutral Evaluation for Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania.