Mediator For

Thomas J. Tanksley, Ltd.

Note to Counsel


Tom Tanksley


                I work very hard toward a settlement in every case I mediate. But as an experienced litigation attorney, I respect the challenges litigators face in preparing their case, in dealing with whatever obstacles are presented, and in advising their clients. I also expect that counsel for the parties will know more about their case and about the parties than I. It is my standing goal that every mediation be a positive experience for all who are involved, including the attorneys and their clients. Toward that end, I approach each mediation with respect for the parties and counsel, seeking to provide practical feedback and creative ideas in assisting the parties toward an acceptable and prudent settlement.


                 The last thing that a litigation attorney wants to encounter at a mediation is some irresponsible comment made by the mediator in front of the client that undermines the attorney-client relationship. Such commentary could also unravel the chance of reaching a reasonable settlement.