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Q 1. What will it cost?
A 2. Specific fee and cost arrangements will be discussed prior to
retention of the neutral. However, you can assume that mediator or arbitrator fees will range from $250-500 per hour for a
2-3 party matter, depending on the neutral (Ms. Marshall's usual hourly rate is $400-450) and that certain expenses incurred
by the mediator will have to be reimbursed. Most neutrals will agree to more attractive flat rates for a half or full day,
will require a deposit which may or may not be refundable, will charge for travel time if required to attend a hearing well
outside their "home" area (Carol Marshall does not charge for travel time to and from locations in the San Francisco Bay Area
counties of San Francisco and Marin, and in some parts of Contra Costa, Sonoma, Alameda and San Mateo counties), will charge
a reduced hourly rate for travel time beyond those areas, and will most likely charge no administrative fee or room charge
unless a hearing room must be rented.
Q 2. Where will the process take place?
A 2. Conference facilities for
mediations involving 2-3 parties are usually available at no additional cost at the neutral's office (Ms. Marshall's office
is in the San Francisco Financial District;nearest BART station: Embarcadero). If there is no availability there or if the
matter involves a larger number of participants than the facilities can handle, neutrals will conduct hearings at one of the
attorneys' offices, client business premises, or another location provided by the parties as long as there are appropriate
facilities at that location, the appropriateness to be determined by the neutral. In some cases, conference and break-out
rooms can be rented for the day with costs paid by the parties. Please note that binding arbitrations scheduled with Ms. Marshall
will likely be administered through the American Arbitration Association and will be subject to their rules and administrative
fees. In that case, there is a room fee.
Q 3. How long will it take?
A 3. Most neutrals will not schedule less
than 4 hours for a process hearing without compelling evidence that the matter can truly be handled in less time. Mediations
and arbitrations typically require at least a full day and many more complicated matters require several days or multiple
sessions. Neutrals will work with counsel to try to make the process as efficient and speedy as possible while still achieving
the sought-after results.