about Attorney Gerrit Schulze
Mediation is a structured alternative dispute resolution process in which an impartial person (a mediator), facilitates discussions between two or more parties to a dispute in order to promote reconciliation, settlement, or at the very least an understanding between them. All of this is done in an effort to avoid litigation, or the continued pursuit of litigation.
Mr. Gerrit Schulze, Esq. is an attorney at Shumway Van, a law firm with regional offices in San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, who focuses a portion of his legal practice on mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes in an effort to help clients avoid the pain and stress of litigation, while also obtaining better results than they would through the pursuit of litigation.
Judges and juries are only human and can make very unexpected decisions, which makes litigation risky for both parties. Because this is the case, Mr. Schulze believes that any negotiated result is more successful than any result a judge or jury would provide for all parties involved.
In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Schulze is a civil and commercial litigator who represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of legal disputes. As you might imagine, his experience fighting battles in court has helped him to refine his practice as a mediator because he is able to articulate possible outcomes in litigation and the risks and rewards of traditional lawsuits. Many parties to disputes have found sophistication about the legal process aids the resolution of the issue.
Mediation can offer hope for couples experiencing marital challenges who want to preserve their marriage and restore wholeness in their relationship. Mr. Schulze can lead couples through difficult conversations regarding a variety of sensitive issues. Mr. Schulze can act as a neutral and impartial voice to aid couples in clarifying issues and evaluating solution options.
As you would surely understand, parenting from separate households can involve special efforts in coordination. When disputes arise in these scenarios Mr. Schulze facilitates conversation, compromise, and new insights, in an effort to resolve the issues and allow the family to proceed productively again. Mediation can address concerns regarding parenting schedules, holiday schedules, custody, educational issues, medical decisions, religious up-bringing, communication, transportation, and discipline, among other similar such areas. The goals of mediation are to enable the families to focus on the needs and best interests of the children.
When a marriage ends mediation can offer a confidential, low cost, and speedy route to resolution, which is often far better than the pursuit of litigation. Judges tend to agree with that statement and that is why oftentimes mediation is court ordered. Discussions between divorcing couples about finances, personal property, housing, child custody, and parenting issues can be, and often are, very challenging. However, a skillful mediator is adept at assisting couples in overcoming communication challenges.
The passing of a loved one can require any number of people to resolve issues while under great stress. This can lead to a breakdown in communication that often ends in long-lasting negative feelings. Mediations can facilitate negotiations in disputes regarding wills, personal representative of estates, and other disagreements among heirs and other interested parties.
Conflict often happens in professional relationships and work environments. Co-workers spend countless hours together and, when disagreements happen (as they always do), morale and productivity can be adversely affected. Without a resolution, good employees can quit, relationships may dissolve, profitability can diminish, and sometimes employers will get sued. Mediation can offer a confidential place for employees and employers to work through their differences and resolve issues that have arisen.
Breach of Contract
When one side to a business contract alleges that the other has not adhered to the terms, one party usually sues the other party. Mediation offers an effective and efficient alternative to litigation, and can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost. The confidentiality of mediation benefits all involved persons to business disputes, and because it is a settlement negotiation none of the parties need to worry about having mediation discussions used against them in the event litigation does proceed. Gerrit Schulze is often able to assist the parties to a breach of contract dispute in coming to a mutually satisfactory conclusion.
Either before or after filing a small claims lawsuit, mediation can be utilized to help parties to find a satisfactory resolution to their dispute, and preserve a relationship in the process. When individuals encounter conflict, mediation offers a private and speedy alternative to litigation, and can be done in a way where the parties can still have positive future dealings, which is rarely the case in litigation.
Landlord – Tenant
It is very common for a conflict to arise between a landlord and tenant if circumstances change. The difficulties often exist in the landlord-tenant relationship due to non-payment of rent, lack of repairs to rental properties by landlords, and interpretations of lease arrangements. Mr. Schulze is able to help these mediation participants to discuss concerns and work toward finding amicable solution to preserve the tenancy relationship.
Two Hour Mediation
Oftentimes parties to a dispute want to resolve a particular issue, or thing that the dispute could be settled in a short amount of time, which is why Mr. Schulze offers a two-hour block rather than starting at a half day.
Half Day Mediation
Most mediations require at least four hours to make significant progress related to a dispute. The parties can select an 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. slot or a 1:00 to 5:00 slot. Mr. Schulze will accommodate other slots upon request, if his schedule allows.
Full Day Mediation
Full day mediations are often successful because the parties have sufficient time to work through issues and come up with viable solutions, as well as craft the agreement. Mr. Schulze will accommodate any reasonable nine hour block (including a one hour lunch) for a full day mediation.
For custom accomodations Mr. Schulze charges $150 per hour, plus travel expenses if such are required. Mr. Schulze is willing to travel throughout Texas to accommodate the needs of the parties.
Schedule a Mediation
Our offices are located on the 21st floor of the Tower Life Building. We have four conference rooms, free WiFi, and provide complimentary coffee and other beverages for the parties involved in each mediation. We also have computers and business services available as necessary. Our receptionists are also happy to provide suggestions for meals and/or facilitate delivery of refreshments at the request of a party.
We hope that you have found this website useful and informative, but if you have any questions about mediation, need assistance scheduling a mediation, or would like the opportunity to speak with Mr. Schulze, please call (210) 503-2800 and we would be happy to assist you in any way we can.