Gray Mediation LLC

USE BUSINESS MEDIATION TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME

Effective Business Mediation means prompt satisfaction and results. In court, you encounter a litigation system which wastes both time and money each day. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a practical problem solving solution.

Business Mediation

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If you are a party involved in a serious dispute or a lawsuit, Gray Mediations can work for you by settling your case in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.

We settle cases for individuals and businesses who have claims against other individuals, businesses, or with insurance companies.

  • Auto Accidents
  • Contract and Business Disputes
  • Legal Malpractice Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice Disputes
  • Online Business Mediations
  • Professional Liability Dispute
  • Slip & Fall
  • Workers Compensation
  • Wrongful Death

ABOUT William Douglas Gray

Certified mediator in federal and state courts in South Carolina. Over 53 years experience in civil litigation and workers compensation. Retired from active practice July 31, 2018. Listed in Best Lawyers in America and AV rating from Martindale.

Past President of South Carolina Bar. Also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit and United States Supreme Court.

Attorney William Douglas Gray

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law
(J.D.)Juris Doctor
Dates attended: 1963 – 1966

Activities and Societies: President of the Student Bar Association

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Bachelor of Arts (BA)- Journalism
Dates attended:1959 – 1963

Effective Business Mediation

Testimonials

Satisfied Clients

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A successful Mediator should have the following qualities: (1) Experience, (2) Patience & (3) an understanding of the issues involved in the dispute. Doug Gray possesses all three and I recommend you call him when your need for a Mediator arises.

Steve Eakes, ESQ
Allan & Eakes
114 W. Orr Street Anderson, SC 29625   |   ( 864 ) 224-1681
stveakes@bellsouth.net

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Doug is a professional that comes to a case with an open mind for both parties, really looks at the issues and facts in the case and tries to work with the parties to see the upside and downside to their own case and the other side’s case as well.  He has been effective in helping us get contentious cases successfully mediated.

Joshua Austin, Esq.
In-House Counsel
P.O. Box 8839
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

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A very seasoned and thoughtful mediator who understands the issues and is able to bring parties together in the interest of resolution of the case.

Jon Newlon, Esq
McCravy, Newlo n& Sturkie Law Firm, P.A.
1629 By Pass 72 NE Greenwood, S.C. 29649   |   ( 864 )-388-9100 (9104 fax)
jnewlon@mccravylaw.com

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I would definitely recommend Doug to anyone with a desire to resolve their dispute. Whether the case is big, small or complex, Doug does an outstanding job, even when personality conflicts and unrealistic settlement demands pose significant obstacles to settlement.

Hunter Freeman * Partner
Burr Forman Mc Nair
Poinsett Plaza 104 South Main Street Suite 700 Greenville, SC 29601

(864) 271-4940   |   (864) 271-4015
hfreeman@burr.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What People Ask

How does mediation work for business disputes?

Mediation is extremely effective in resolving business disputes. As a business owner, it is important to consider mediation for settling conflicts because it allows parties to reach an agreement that is agreeable to all involved. It also protects a mutually beneficial business relationship. Mediation works by bringing together everyone involved in the dispute to discuss the potential outcomes and the benefits of using mediation for resolution. Then with the help of the neutral third-party mediator, they negotiate to an end that satisfies everyone.

Why should my company use mediation for a business dispute?

There are several reasons a business would want to use mediation to resolve a business dispute. Mediation tends to be less expensive than litigation in almost all instances. It takes less time and in many cases, the dispute is resolved in just a few hours. Mediation is also private, so as a business owner you do not need to worry about sensitive information being revealed to the public or your competition. It is also a good idea to use mediation for business disputes because it allows you to negotiate a fair arrangement in good faith and lets you maintain some control over the outcome.

What can my company expect at the actual mediation?

Mediations vary from situation to situation and mediator to mediator. However, in most cases, you will have an initial brief meeting with everyone involved. The mediator will explain the process and you will cover any general questions. Next, you will separate into different rooms and each party will have an opportunity to meet with the mediator. Some mediators go between parties several times until a settlement is negotiated and some bring the parties back together for the negotiation. In the end, the mediator draws up the agreement and everyone signs off on it.

What is a caucus?

In mediation, the caucus is the confidential meeting both parties get to have with the mediator. In most mediations, all parties meet as a group with the mediator for an initial discussion of the process. Then adjourn to separate rooms to discuss the issue with the mediator in caucus. This allows the mediator to get a complete understanding of the issue and makes it so everyone involved feels comfortable speaking openly and honestly about his or her position.

What are the benefits of using mediation over litigation for business disputes?

There are several reasons why you would choose mediation over litigation in a business dispute. The most obvious reason is that mediation tends to be less expensive than litigation. It is also a more efficient process and can help you resolve a matter faster than litigation. Mediation is private and the details of the process, what was discussed, and the resolution need not be shared publicly. Mediation also allows parties involved to remain in control of the outcome and not be forced to abide by any ruling that makes them uncomfortable.

Do most personal injury cases settle at mediation?

Most personal injury cases settle outside of the courtroom, through either a pre-trial settlement or mediation. Sometimes it is possible for the parties involved to work out an arrangement without any assistance from a third party. But others choose to work with a mediator because they know it will make negotiations more efficient. Once a case goes to mediation, there is a good chance it will be resolved through the process and the parties involved will be able to reach a settlement.

How to prepare myself for a realistic outcome in mediation?

The best way to prepare for a realistic outcome is to understand and be prepared for the process of mediation itself. Mediation is about compromise and understanding that going to court does not help anyone. When you are able to negotiate in good faith in mediation, you save time, money, and other resources. Knowing what is realistic can help you make smart choices about negotiating. You and your attorney, if you are working with one, can review outcomes of similar cases and determine what to expect in your case.

What kind of personal injury cases are commonly disputed?

The most common types of personal injury cases involve vehicle accidents. This includes accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Slip and fall claims, when a person steps on a slippery surface and falls, or falls because of some type of impediment or need for repair, are also common. Dog bites often trigger legal disputes. Personal injury claims can also be filed in response to medical malpractices or due to injuries from defective products.

What is the best way to solve personal injury disputes?

In most personal injury disputes, it is best to resolve the matter outside of the courtroom. Most tend to be settled in this manner, too. Though litigation is sometimes necessary, it is expensive and time-consuming. It typically tends to drain the resources of those involved and many find that had they been more open to negotiating a settlement, they would have saved time and money. Mediation also keeps personal injury disputes confidential, so private information does not become a matter of public record.

How do I remain objective during the mediation process?

Mediators must remain objective when conducting mediation. It can also help if the parties involved try to see the issue objectively, even though they have an interest at stake. To remain objective, you need to see things from all sides and understand what everyone involved would have to give up in order to reach a settlement. The key to a successful mediation is being able to discuss the issues with respect, which requires a certain level of objectivity.

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