Thank you for an excellent job on our mediation. Both Sean McDonough and I appreciated your efforts on behalf of our clients. We were both impressed with your attention to detail and preparation. I hope to use your services again.
Joseph G. Price
Richard is an excellent and highly experienced mediator of all kinds of disputes. I highly recommend Richard for matters that are being considered for mediation. He gets results.
I wish to take this opportunity to recognize the extremely effective mediation conducted by Richard M. Strauss, Esquire.
Although Mr. Strauss was recommended by a claim representative of defendant, he conducted himself objectively and impartially and most importantly, effectively in mediating a complex and difficult personal injury claim. I felt he mastered the materials before the hearing and was extremely prepared. He had a firm understanding of the medicine and the key issues in the case.
My clients were extremely comfortable with his approach to the mediation which created an environment towards a resolution.
I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mr. Strauss to other plaintiff's attorneys to mediate their complex matters.
Richard P. Haaz
My law firm handles plaintiff nursing home cases. Over the last couple of years, we have had the privilege of using Mr. Strauss as a mediator. There have been times when Mr. Strauss has been recommended by the defendants and there have been times where I have recommended him and defendants have agreed to him serving as the mediator. In all cases, Mr. Strauss is extremely well prepared for the mediation. He often knows more about the case than either side. Mr. Strauss studies every medical record provided to him as well as any testimony. I believe he fairly evaluates the "strengths" and "weaknesses" of the plaintiff and defendants case. Mr. Strauss does not recommend the use of opening statements or any evidence at mediation. Instead, he controls the mediation from the very beginning and his opening comments create an environment which is, in my opinion, necessary for compromise and resolution. After the parties separate, he often engages in open discussion with plaintiff about the case so that they have a strong understanding of what will occur at a trial.
He is the one individual who will provide the parties a truly unbiased opinion about the subject matter and value of the case. I think Mr. Strauss dramatically increases the possibility of a settlement. While not all cases settle at mediation, I think he gives you the best chance for an amicable resolution. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Strauss for nursing home mediation. As you will see from reviewing his curriculum vitae, he has a good background in the nursing home business. His background provides him strong credibility with defendants. I believe him to be extremely fair.
My clients have always felt very comfortable with him and were very appreciative of his work ethic, knowledge and understanding of the issues. Anyone who considers retaining him, feel free to call me.
Charles J. Galvin
I represent plaintiffs exclusively in a practice with a substantial amount of nursing home, assisted living facility, and medical malpractice litigation. I have recently had an opportunity to retain Richard M. Strauss, Esquire as a mediator upon the suggestion of national counsel for an assisted living facility chain against which I had a case in suit.
While I was initially hesitant to agree to a mediator selected by the defendant, upon reading the credentials of Richard Strauss, I was convinced that if he was suggested by the national owner of the facility, they would likely listen to his opinions if he fairly valued the case.
Once we got into the mediation, it was clear that Mr. Strauss had prepared extensively for the mediation. His grasp of all the issues on both sides was outstanding. It was a welcome change to have a mediator who was so familiar with the types of issues we face with long term care cases. I certainly appreciated his thorough initial comments. Although my client was a sophisticated business man who had engaged in many labor negotiations over the years, Mr. Strauss' opening comments certainly helped explain how this type of negotiation would be vastly different from previous negotiations my client had experienced. As he warned my client at the beginning, "patience" would be a true asset for the plaintiff throughout the day. He was certainly correct and nearly prescient in his admonition to my client.
The case did resolve successfully and my client and both lawyers from my firm who attended the mediation agreed that it was a testament to the hard work, thorough preparation and excellent mediation skills of Mr. Strauss.
I have already recommended him to defense counsel in other cases which are ripe for mediation and plan to continue to do so in the future. I am confident recommending Richard Strauss no matter what type of case and no matter what venue. The fact he has served as a mediator in so many states adds to the strength of his recommendations and only serves to enhance his ability to effectively guide the mediation process.
Please feel free to call me with any questions.
Robert L. Sachs, Jr.
I told you and meant what I said that you are excellent and I would use you without hesitation. Feel free to use my name as a recommendation!
David B. Sherman
To whom it may concern,
I chose Richard as a mediator via the recommendation of the defense attorney in my case as well as another respected Plaintiffís attorney who is experienced in nursing home cases. Upon speaking to Richard about the case, I saw right away he had a lot of expertise and knowledge in nursing home claims having worked as a Director of Claims in the insurance industry before becoming a mediator.
I was impressed with the time he spent preparing for the mediation having filled a legal pad with copious notes about our case, the defendantís case and the strengths and weaknesses of both. It was because of his preparation that we were able to have a thorough discussion of the issues, strengths and weaknesses of our claim which helped our client understand the benefits of attempting to resolve the claim at mediation on her terms.
Ultimately Richardís goal was not to get one side or the other to come to his value of the case, but to attempt to get the most money as possible from the defense and see if this would satisfy myself and my client so that we would resolve the claim at mediation.
I feel that because of his experience in these cases, Richard could mediate them in any venue or jurisdiction across the country and would recommend a fellow Plaintiff attorney in using him to mediate their own nursing home case.
Daniel T. Thistle