Lynne is a pioneer in the mediation profession. After well over a thousand mediations, Lynne brings to the table a unique blend of wisdom and skill that only years of experience can yield.
Decades ago, a prominent professor hand-selected Lynne to carry forth his commitment to providing mediation training to lawyers and other professionals, in conjunction with his legacy – launching a mediation center on a law school campus. With a solid grounding in the philosophy and principles of mediation, Lynne continued conducting beginning and advanced mediation trainings for the Los Angeles County Bar Association after his passing, all while drawing upon her practice to infuse the trainings with real life practical challenges and ethical dilemmas.
Taking her love of teaching to another venue, Lynne held the position of Director of the Disability Mediation Center (and adjunct professor) on the campus of Loyola Law School. Additionally, as a Board Member of the Southern California Mediation Association, Lynne was part of a coalition which, after the tireless efforts of many, led to the birth of the Los Angeles Superior Court Mediation Program.
Given Lynne’s decades of mediation experience dating back to 1991 in employment, disability, business, government tort/personal injury and early mediation matters, she knows that early involvement in the case makes a difference in the mediation experience. She sets the table for success by becoming involved immediately upon hire. Becoming acquainted with counsel and counsel’s goals, as well as the obstacles in the case, before the face-to-face session, is paramount. 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 is a proponent of continued efforts to bring about a resolution, viewing 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 client testimonials at http://bassismediation.com/testimonials/.
Lynne is a frequent author on a variety of topics, including mediation and employment and disability law. She is also a frequent speaker and presenter at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys in California. For a complete list of Lynne’s publications, speaking engagements, and client testimonials, please visit her website at www.bassismediation.com.