Any stage of litigation could be the right time for mediation. Through mediation, the parties may obtain a prompt and efficient resolution, while potentially avoiding an unsatisfactory outcome. With a good mediator, even the process itself can be a positive experience. When parties can express their side of the dispute to a skilled neutral who listens attentively and provides thoughtful feedback, parties will also gain confidence in making decisions concerning their case. In sum, it is good professional practice to seriously consider and utilize mediation.