What’s needed is not just a trained neutral who can help guide parties to a satisfactory resolution, but a creative “breath of fresh air” that can see the situation with fresh eyes and from angles they haven’t thought of.
Troy, MI (PRWEB) January 08, 2014
After over thirty years of trial experience and negotiating hundreds of settlements through some of the best law firms in the country, Richard Hurford went on to found Richard Hurford Dispute Resolution Services and create the DRS Mediation process. He has recently announced he is bringing his brand of forward-thinking and effective ADR services to premier mediation network, Mediation.com.
“I like to use the square-peg, round hole metaphor,” said Hurford. “That’s what disputes are. One side has a square peg, the other a round hole, and they’ve spent months or even years trying to make them fit, but they can’t. What’s needed is not just a trained neutral who can help guide them to a satisfactory resolution, but a creative “breath of fresh air” that can see the situation with fresh eyes and from angles they haven’t thought of.”
Hurford’s firm specializes in providing mediation, proportionate and effective ADR methodologies, and neutral services to disputants; works with organizations to develop strategic dispute resolution systems with critical stakeholders; conducting internal, confidential investigations of potential violations of corporate policies, state or federal laws; consults with legal departments and law firms in process improvement, project management and the development of best practice processes.
In addition to his legal and mediation practice, Hurford is an accomplished author, publishing articles like “Reefer Madness” in the National Law Journal; “SMART Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution” in the Michigan State Bar Journal and “The ACC Value Challenge and Mediation” on his own website. He has also spoken about various legal topics, including “ADR Techniques” in the Public Service Radio Program and “The Vanishing Jury Trial and Judicial Practice” at the Federal District Court Judicial Conference.
A lifelong achiever, Hurford's educational background is just as stellar as his experience: an MA, summa cum laude, from Oakland University; an MBA, magna cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University; and a JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit Law School. He has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America (Litigation and Labor & Employment) several times.