Mediation is a “magic moment” in the life of a dispute – an important and unique opportunity to reach resolution. Carole Katz leverages decades of trial, litigation, and executive business experience to enable parties and their lawyers to realize a mediation’s full potential and reach their dispute resolution goals. Her style can best be described as active, persistent, collaborative, and thoughtful. She asks questions and digs under the surface, listens to what is said and what is not said, talks through issues including not only the dispute’s strengths, weaknesses and value, but also its practical realities and the business or emotional drivers involved. Carole makes observations, helps to generate and analyze options, and works hard to identify ways to overcome barriers to reach the parties’ settlement objectives.
As an arbitrator, Carole Katz's extensive trial and arbitration experience enable her to manage cases efficiently, minimize costs, skillfully run a hearing, and deliver a well-reasoned, sound result based on the facts and the law. Carole "gets" that arbitration must deliver just results through a cost-efficient process. She works actively with counsel to tailor the proceeding to the needs of the case by establishing and adhering to streamlined processes and schedules that allow all parties to develop their cases without unnecessary steps and costs. She then conducts a fair and well-run hearing, followed by a timely, carefully thought-through award that resolves the dispute.
Carole has consistently received Martindale-Hubbell's AV (preeminent) rating (she is rated 5.0 out of 5.0), and her election to the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Western Pennsylvania, whose mission "to promote the highest standards of integrity, civility and competence in the legal profession" likewise speaks to her extensive trial experience, and her character.
Either as part of a Court's Early Neutral Evaluation program or otherwise, Carole Katz uses her extensive experience and knowledge in all kinds of litigation to economically provide the parties with a neutral, objective, confidential, and non-binding assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and practical realities of their cases. These case evaluations can be a prelude to mediation, or stand on their own to help the parties isolate the key areas of dispute, streamline discovery, and eliminate unnecessary time and expense by tailoring the litigation to the needs of the case.