Lynne Bassis is a full time mediator who resolves employment law disputes. She is a pioneer in the mediation profession – a gem, as suggested by practitioners. After well over a thousand mediations, Lynne brings to the table a rich blend of wisdom and skill that only years of experience can yield.
Given Lynne’s decades of mediation experience dating back to 1991, she knows that early involvement in the case makes a difference in the mediation outcome. She sets the table for success by becoming involved immediately upon hire. Becoming acquainted with counsel, counsel’s goals and the obstacles in the case before the hearing, be it virtual or in person, is paramount in her approach to mediation and achieving a settlement. Being a quick study on the legal issues, Lynne invites counsel’s input so that her custom design of the mediation process fulfills the specific purpose for which she was retained. Lynne shares briefing suggestions and conducts confidential pre-mediation calls to finalize the mediation game plan. Lest the case not resolve in mediation, Lynne continues her efforts (discovery or dispositive motions) to bring about a resolution. She views the mediation as the beginning, not the end, of the settlement trajectory.
Lynne is unparalleled in her ability to manage clients’ personal and emotional issues – oftentimes the underbelly of the legal dispute. She is smart on the law and smart on people, able to ferret out hidden motivators and respond to them with ease. Her style, technique, instinct and patience leave both counsel and clients feeling pleased with the experience. See what others are saying about Lynne’s services at: www.bassismediation.com.
Lynne’s experience spans the entire gamut of employment law disputes, including Employment Discrimination and Harassment based on all protected classes (e.g. Race, Color, National Origin, Ancestry, Ethnicity, Mental and Physical Disability, Age, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Medical Condition, Pregnancy, Religion, Association, Marital Status, etc.); Disability Access; Wrongful Termination; Retaliation; Whistle Blower Conduct; Violation of Non-Compete Agreements; Theft of Trade Secrets; Wage and Hour Violations (e.g. misclassification, exemptions, unpaid overtime, working off the clock, unpaid bonuses/commissions, waiting time penalties, violation of wage orders); Workplace Safety/OSHA violations; Interplay of Federal and California Leave Laws; Immigration Status; and Class Action and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) actions.
Employment cases often overlap with other areas of the law and require experience in non-employment areas. Frequent areas include: Fair Housing Laws; Bankruptcy; Workers’ Compensation; Personal Injury; California Tort Liability; Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Actions (dissolution of a business, division of stock, successor ownership); Securities; Collective Bargaining Agreements; Arbitration Agreements and Motions to Compel; and Trusts & Estates (inheritance conflicts in small family-owned businesses).
Representative Industries: Healthcare and Nursing; Retail; Financial; Technology; Hospitality; Manufacturing; Service; Public Sector (Cities, Municipalities, Governmental Agencies); Colleges and Universities; Construction and Real Estate; Transportation (Air and Rail); Gasoline Stations; Warehousing & Storage; Insurance; Legal Services; Professional Malpractice; Repairs and Maintenance; Housing.
“Lynne Bassis has the smarts and experience you need in a mediator. She knows how to get the ball rolling, and she has great instincts about who, when, and how hard to push to get a deal done. She is definitely in the upper echelon of southern California mediators.”
“Lynne handled a highly contentious and complex disability dispute that she recently brought to a successful conclusion. I have had the opportunity to work with more than forty California mediators in connection with all matters of employment disputes over the past thirty-one years. Based on the industry, expertise, creativity and perseverance she brought to bear over several weeks in this vexing matter, I can say without any hesitation or qualification that her skill level places her within the small handful of California mediators whom I consider to be truly elite. The fact that she possesses an infectiously engaging personality that simultaneously disarmed and charmed the attorneys and parties adds a dimension to her services that I have only rarely encountered. Once again, on behalf of co-counsel and our client, I thank her for everything she has done to forge a resolution and I very much look forward to working with her again.”
“I recently had the privilege of working with Lynne Bassis again in which I represented a client in a disability accommodation and California Family Rights Act/FMLA case. The parties were far apart in terms of settlement and required approval from an insurance carrier added another level of difficulty in resolving the case. For several days following the face-to-face mediation session Lynne persisted with the negotiations until a settlement was reached. The case also had very interesting legal issues regarding the interplay of the California and federal leave laws and the disability accommodation laws. However, Ms. Bassis demonstrated great skill and wisdom in evaluating the legal issues, while guiding the parties towards resolution of the case. Ms. Bassis, so far, has resolved 100% of the cases in which my firm has sought her assistance. I believe both sides felt satisfied with the outcome.”
“Lynne you did an excellent job at getting the parties to work through an impasse, especially since our client was willing to walk away and the other side wasn’t willing to put more money on the table. We needed a creative solution which you helped facilitate!”
“Lynne is a marvelous mediator. She cuts to the chase and really does not ask for extensive briefing, which may be as broad as a trial brief. She’ll listen to what’s important and then ask for details which is eminently helpful.”
“Lynne has calm demeanor, soothing personality and a tireless devotion to conflict resolution. Throughout the mediation, she focused the parties on the key issues of fact and law that would have the most significant impact on the outcome of the case. As a result of her sustained and skillful efforts, we were able to resolve a challenging case for which my client was very appreciative.”
“Lynne is a great mediator. Lynne works very hard to resolve her cases and has the gift of being able to keep us going when we are ready to walk out. I have trusted her with a case which was very sensitive, and she got us a fantastic result! I am using her again soon and plan to do so again! She works hard to achieve results and satisfaction, which is hard in our line of work.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Lynne Bassis on a difficult gender bias and discrimination case involving a major police department. Having handled other discrimination cases against law enforcement agencies, I was not optimistic about the possibility of reaching an accord. Lynne, however, came fully prepared and determined to explore all possibilities and was able, after much effort, to assist us in fashioning an innovative means of fully resolving the case to everyone’s satisfaction. She interacted extremely well with my clients and demonstrated excellent mediation skills. She was strong but compassionate, direct but diplomatic, and managed to keep the parties and attorneys fully engaged – even when it appeared we were destined to fail. I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of mediating an employment related case.”
“Lynne hit the ground running following pre-mediation consolations with counsel and was extremely focused on the real issues of which she was able to surgically carve out each party’s position. Needless to say, the case settled to everyone’s satisfaction. I would retain Lynne again in a New York minute.”