Rene Mediation
"Mediation is a process under which an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties to promote reconciliation, settlement or understanding among them. The Mediator may suggest ways of resolving the dispute, but may not impose his/her own judgment on the issues for that of the parties."

Peter Lyn René has been a mediator since 2010. He completed courses in Basic Mediation and Advance Family and Divorce Mediation from the Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC school in Houston, Texas. Immediately upon his completion of his mediation course, Peter has mediated cases in the Justice of the Peace Courts in Harris County. He volunteers his time mediating cases for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and has successfully mediated dozens of cases since 2010.

Peter is an Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider (ADR) with a heavy concentration on civil litigation. He is also available to facilitate conflicts involving workplace disputes, and domestic relations including family disputes and divorce procedures.

Mediation - Characteristics

Mediation is an efficient and cost effective way of achieving settlements, while preserving and at times, even enhancing the relationship of the parties. Mediation is a non-binding procedure controlled by both parties. A party to mediation cannot be forced to accept the outcome that they do not like. Unlike an arbitrator or a judge, the mediator is not the decision maker. The mediator's role is, rather, to assist the parties in reaching a settlement in the dispute. Even when the parties have agreed to submit a dispute to the mediation, they are free to abandon the process at any time after the first meeting if they find that its continuation does not meet their interests.

In mediation, parties cannot be compelled to disclose information that they choose to keep confidential. Mediation is an interest-based procedure. In court litigation or arbitration, the outcome of the case is determined by the facts of the dispute and the applicable law. In mediation, the parties can also be guided by their business interests. As such, parties are free to choose an outcome that is oriented as much to the future of their business relationship as to their past conduct. Mediation is the results in settlements that creates more value to the parties.

The Mediator will only serve in cases in which the parties are represented by attorneys, unless the pro se litigant agrees to sign, in advance, an acknowledgment that the Mediator does not give legal advice or serve as counsel for any party to the mediation. The Mediator shall not serve as a mediator in any dispute in which he/she has any financial or personal interest in the result of the mediation. Prior to accepting the appointment, the Mediator shall disclose any circumstance likely to create a presumption of bias or prevent a prompt meeting with the parties. In the event that the parties disagree as to whether the Mediator shall serve, the Mediator shall not serve.

The mediator does not have the authority to decide any issue for the parties, but will attempt to facilitate the voluntary resolution of the dispute by the parties. The mediator is authorized to conduct joint and separate meetings with the parties and to offer suggestions to assist the parties achieve settlement. If necessary, the Mediator may also obtain expert advice concerning technical aspects of the dispute, provided that the parties agree and assume the expenses of obtaining such advice. Arrangements for obtaining such advice shall be made by the Mediator or the parties, as the Mediator shall determine. contact us for more information about Mediation.