Stephen McAvoy, Esq. brings over 35 years of litigation and advocacy experience towards resolving disputes encumbered by high emotion and conflict. Half of his legal career was spent representing plaintiffs and consumers while the other half of his career was in defense representation. The combined experience from these different roles makes him a fair and impartial neutral that is also attentive to the motivations and processes of both sides.
Persistent and personable, attorneys can count on Stephen McAvoy, Esq. to continue working on the settlement even after the mediation has concluded; a great many of Mr. McAvoy’s cases come to him at the early stages of the litigation and some are even pre-litigation. The guidance provided by Mr. McAvoy helps parties settle earlier with lower expenses and turmoil.
Masterful in his ability to empower the parties to evolve beyond their positions of disagreement, Mr. McAvoy has been praised for his unique ability to connect with strong personalities as well as manage and overcome the intrinsic factors that create barriers to a successful settlement.
“Mr. McAvoy was superb! First time I worked with him. During the mediation (& BEFORE a settlement was reached), I actually sent an email to a number of my partners and associates to add him to my list of preferred mediators. I mediate many times each month and found him to be top tier. I will be working with this mediator again, for sure. He worked until past 9:00 p.m. to get the case settled. Unlike so many others, who just end mediation because “time is up” or they need to get home to supper, or for some other (bogus) reason that best suits their schedule, he sacrificed….. like the attorneys and clients involved….. to stick around and get the job done. I am at that point in my career where I REALLY appreciate and respect that, more than ever.”
“Steve McAvoy is an excellent neutral, he has a great demeanor with the parties and counsel, he clearly reads everything submitted to him, he has a great grasp of the facts and understanding of the applicable law, and I will not hesitate to use him again and to highly recommend him to my law firm colleagues and other attorneys.”
“Steve McAvoy is an excellent mediator, he extensively knowledgeable in wage and hour laws and was integral in handling the issues tied to our case. He was able to forge a settlement in a difficult PAGA action, and a class action involving a wrongful termination claim. ”
“He was very competent and helped us resolve the case. I enjoyed working with him. Great experience. Great rates!”
“Mr. McAvoy and the ADR staff did a great job. He was an effective communicator and we would use him again in the future.”