At Emge Mediation, Derek and Suzanne Emge work together as a team in resolving today’s most challenging employment disputes. Their career as highly respected and successful litigators, specializing in employment law, has uniquely empowered them with a balanced and informed perspective that delivers optimal results.

Derek and Suzanne Emge Mediation

“Where there is no path,
the path must be forged.”

Antonio Machado

The Advantages
of Co-Mediation for
Employment Disputes

  • Two Mediators increase efficiency, productivity, and problem-solving at no additional cost.
  • Specializing in Employment Mediation, their vast experience helps guide with the complexities, pressure points, and emotional factors unique to this field of law.
  • Their gender diversity breaks down barriers, improves communication, and promotes cooperative problem-solving.
co-mediation

A Team Approach
to Mediation

A Partnership in
Employment Mediation

Suzanne and Derek have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in individual cases and complex class actions (including 20 years litigating employment cases together). Having been on both sides of the bar, they understand the goals and concerns of all parties in a mediation. By combining this experience with a co-mediation model, they offer a balanced, multi-faceted approach that is twice as effective at creating momentum and helping parties reach resolution.

A Balanced and
Informed Perspective

Suzanne Emge holds an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College (1987) and a JD from University of San Diego School of Law (1992)(Law Review). She received her formal mediation training from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law (2015). +more

Derek Emge is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College (1989) and University of San Diego School of Law (1992)(Law Review). After eight years as a defense litigator, he co-founded The Emge Firm, LLP with Suzanne Emge, representing employees and consumers in class action litigation. +more

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mediation attorneys Derek and Suzanne Emge

Specializing in
Employment Mediation

Our Process

1

Pre-Mediation
Conference Calls

Once all parties have agreed to mediation, we will initiate a pre-mediation conference call with counsel to discuss the intricacies of your case, including the participation of all decision makers, insurance coverage, and desired time and location of the mediation.

2

Mediation Briefs

Mediation briefs are encouraged from the parties and form the basis for the day's efforts. Briefs should be provided at least ten days prior to the mediation and should cover the following:

  1. Case facts
  2. Procedural history
  3. Essential Exhibits
  4. A discussion of prior settlement efforts
  5. Your analysis of the strengths and weakness of your case and your opposing party’s position

Mediation briefs should be e-mailed to Derek@EmgeMediation.com

3

The Mediation

The parties will be assigned separate caucus rooms where confidential discussions with the two mediators will take place. Your mediators place immense importance on confidentiality and only facts/positions and offers/demands that you wish to be shared with the other side will be revealed. We do not believe in simply acting as a messenger between the parties and we will work with those in each room to develop and act upon strategies designed to bring the parties to a mutual settlement agreement.

2

Mediation Briefs

Mediation briefs are encouraged from the parties and form the basis for the day's efforts. Briefs should be provided at least ten days prior to the mediation and should cover the following:

  1. Case facts
  2. Procedural history
  3. Essential Exhibits
  4. A discussion of prior settlement efforts
  5. Your analysis of the strengths and weakness of your case and your opposing party’s position

Mediation briefs should be e-mailed to derek@emgemediation.com

4

Fee Schedule

We offer half and full day mediation services. Rates are dependent on the location of the mediation and whether travel is required.

Rates are dependent on the number of parties and the location of the mediation and include:

  • Administration
  • Mediator preparation (x2)
  • Half day or an unlimited day of mediated negotiations with two mediators
  • Reasonable telephone follow-up

A 50% deposit is required to schedule your mediation. The balance of the mediation fee must be received 20 days before the mediation date. Deposits will be refunded if the matter is settled or continued and written notice is received twenty (20) days in advance of the mediation.