Mediation Practice

 

Biography

Craig Ackermann is an employment lawyer with 17 years of experience who also serves as a mediator for employment-law matters. He mediates both individual and class action cases, including wage and hour class actions. Having worked on the management side at several large law firms and having successfully built a private practice representing employees in wage and hour class actions, Title VII and FEHA cases, and breach of contract disputes, Mr. Ackermann brings a wealth of experience and a unique ability to view a case from both sides of the isle to his mediation practice. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Ackermann received his mediation certification from his alma mater in 2014. He is admitted to both the California and Texas Bars. He looks forward to growing his mediation practice in the years to come.

Scheduling a Mediation

To schedule a mediation, please call or email Rosie Salinas (rosie@ackermanntilajef.com) to obtain available dates. Once the parties have selected several preferred dates, please contact our office again to confirm the date is still available and reserve the date for your mediation. You will then be asked to send an email with the names of the parties and counsel, contact information for all counsel, and how the parties have agreed to share the mediation fee. Once we receive this information, we will send a confirmatory letter reserving your date and providing you with additional information about the due dates for mediation briefs along with an invoice. The mediation fee is due two weeks after the confirmatory letter is sent out. It is fully refundable if the mediation is cancelled at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Fee Schedule

Mr. Ackermann’s rates for mediations are as follows: single plaintiff cases: $5,000 per day; multi plaintiff cases: $6,000 per day; and class actions: $8,000 per day. The mediation fee is all-inclusive and includes all preparation time, the full-day mediation, and reasonable follow up, as well as travel costs, if any.

Mediation Briefs

Mediation briefs are due one week before the mediation. Mr. Ackermann encourages the parties to exchange briefs, if possible. If, however, there is certain information that needs to be conveyed only with the mediator, then the parties are certainly free to submit confidential letters or briefs to the mediator. Mediation briefs should not exceed 15 pages (excluding exhibits). If the briefs plus exhibits exceed 50 pages, then please send a hard copy of both to Mr. Ackermann by overnight mail.