MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION SERVICES
Litigation is not always the best way to resolve legal disputes.
There are alternative ways to end conflict and to solve problems
where the process and the outcome are controlled by the parties
instead of by the court system. We are trained and experienced
mediators and arbitrators and travel statewide to resolve
disputes in the following areas:
- Family Law
- Personal Injury
- Guardianships and Trusts
What is the difference between
mediation and arbitration?
Mediation – A fair and effective way
to resolve conflict which minimizes expensive legal proceedings.
It is a confidential and private problem solving process in
which the parties use a trained, neutral mediator to help
them reach agreement between themselves in lieu of having
a decree or judgment imposed on them. Each party may (and
should) have his/her attorney participate in the mediation
process. The mediator has no vested interest in either party
or in the outcome of the dispute, nor the authority to impose
a decision on the parties. Decisions are made by the parties;
there are usually no technical rules of evidence; the procedure
is informal and private. Substantial preparation, such as
appraisals, accountings and valuations may be needed to effect
a fair mediated agreement, but the nature and extent of that
preparation may also be subject to agreement. A mediated agreement
is an enforceable contract.
The arbitrator is an individual employed by the parties
to act as a private judge. The arbitrator decides the outcome
of the dispute. The cost is usually much less than litigation
and the process is much more flexible and less cumbersome.
The proceedings are private. The rules of evidence are as
informal as the parties request. Depending on the wishes of
the parties and the applicable law, or the controlling agreement,
the award of the arbitrator may be legally binding.
Who we are
We practice law throughout the State of Nevada. We generally
handle complex family law matters involving issues of tort,
contract, real property, taxation, pension, bankruptcy, security,
collection, trusts, jurisdiction, procedure, conflicts of
law and the like. We work with a variety of professionals
such as appraisers, accountants, physicians, psychologists,
and business valuation experts. The State Bar of Nevada and
the Washoe County Bar Association have honored us for our
pro bono efforts.
Gary Silverman and Mary Anne
Decaria have over sixty years combined experience in civil
litigation, business law, personal injury, construction law
and family law matters, and are highly experienced in resolving
difficult and complex cases. Mike Kattelman is an experienced
family law attorney, who has also successfully represented
clients in wrongful death and professional negligence actions.
Robert Cerceo received the 2006 Peacemaker of the Year award
from the Mediators of Southern Nevada, in recognition of his
problem solving skills. Both Mike and Bob are skillful problem
R. Silverman was raised in Las Vegas. He received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada and his
law degree from the University of Colorado. He served as an
Assistant District Attorney for Washoe County and Humboldt
County and as the City Attorney for the City of Winnemucca.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
and of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Mr. Silverman
is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble.
He trained in mediation at the highly regarded Center of Mediation
in Law in Mill Valley, California. Mr. Silverman has been
appointed Master/Arbitrator by the Second Judicial District
Court and serves as private mediator upon request.
Anne Decaria graduated from the University of Utah, magna
cum laude and from Gonzaga University School of Law, cum laude.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She
writes extensively on legal matters for the Writ and Nevada
Lawyer bar publications. (You may view her articles at www.wcbar.org
and at www.nvbar.org)
Ms. Decaria serves as a mediator and arbitrator in family
and civil litigation matters. Ms. Decaria is listed in Best
Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble. She
trained in mediation at the highly regarded Center of Mediation
in Law in Mill Valley, California and through the University
of Nevada Extension School.
V. Kattelman graduated from the University of California,
Hastings College of the Law, and from the University of the
Pacific, magna cum laude. He serves as a director on the governing
boards for the Washoe County Bar Association and the Family
Law Executive Council, State Bar of Nevada. Following years
of service in white collar crime prosecution, Mr. Kattelman
served as a law clerk to the Honorable Scott Jordan of the
Second Judicial District Court. Mr. Kattelman has over ten
years of trial and litigation experience. He is a frequent
lecturer on topics which include civil litigation, business
management, and ethics. Mr. Kattelman is trained in mediation
and has been appointed as a Master, Mediator and Arbitrator
by the Second Judicial District Court.
Why choose alternative
Speed, flexibility, privacy and decreased costs are the advantages
of mediation and arbitration. We understand the dynamics of
conflict and how to solve problems. Call us to discuss our
approaches to mediation and arbitration and how we may assist
you in resolving pending disputes.
These materials have been prepared by Silverman, Decaria &
Kattelman for informational purposes only and are not legal
advice. Transmission of the information is not intended to
create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client
relationship. No person should act upon this information without
seeking professional counsel.