Neutrality For Dispute Resolution

Attorney Damir Kouliev and his team offer mediation as an informal, affordable form of alternative dispute resolution to prevent hostile, expensive litigation. Acting as neutral third party, he brings the parties together in a relaxed, cooperative environment where both parties can freely and confidentially present relevant issues, getting things “off their chest,” while also “seeing the other side.” Whether in divorce and family issues, or civil matters, including contracts, employment, landlord-tenant, small claims and real estate, mediation is an inexpensive and flexible method to put issues into proper perspective, develop options, and finally find common ground with a workable agreement.  In so doing, we are proud to perpetuate the “ho’oponopono” process practiced in Hawaii for generations.

An attorney mediator facilitates communication between the parties, draws out the facts, provides legal information, fairly evaluates legal positions, and troubleshoots the barriers to settlement, without imposing a decision or solution on the parties. Both parties must consent to the attorney’s role as a “third party neutral” and agree to participate in good faith (hence, the cost of the mediator is typically shared between the two parties). An attorney mediator technically represents neither party, and cannot subsequently represent neither party regarding the subject matter of the session (unless both parties consent).  Calm and attentive, Damir Kouliev remains grounded in relevant legal principles and procedures, yet remains sensitive to the emotional, relationship, and communication issues that go beyond black-letter law.  Even an hour of mediation can go a long way.

If you are having a dispute that needs a nudge to resolution, try mediating it with Attorney Kouliev at his Wailuku, Maui office, or other agreed location, even on weekends, or evenings.  Video-conferencing is also an option. To start, please email and “cc” the other prospective participant to help maintain neutrality.  We also accept referrals from lay persons, fellow attorneys, and other professionals; if you’re referring two parties to mediation, you may “cc” them when initially emailing us.  We look forward to helping!