Disputes among participants in a construction project are not uncommon. The ability to discern the competing interests and claims in order to reach a resolution which benefits all parties is the goal of mediation in order to avoid costly litigation.
Business disputes are often the result of miscommunication or unmet expectations. Mediation of such disputes can avoid costly litigation and can serve as a prerequisite for arbitration or trial.
The participants in the legal cannabis community have businesses which give rise to legitimate disputes among them.
Michael Marx offers mediation services to help resolve disputes among dispensaries, cultivators, product manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, business management service providers and other ancillary companies doing business within the legal cannabis industry.
Mr. Marx offers four decades of litigation experience as well as over fifteen years of dispute resolution and mediation experience as a private mediator and as a Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court as well as the Alameda and Contra Costa Superior Courts. He provides an alternative to the retired-judge mediation services.
Mr. Marx has represented architects, engineers, design-builders, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in construction claims involving commercial, residential, educational and public works projects. Through that experience, he has addressed most of the types of disputes that arise in construction.
Mr. Marx has litigated and resolved disputes between and among businesses and individuals in all aspects of their operations and has particular experience regarding breach of contract disputes, business ownership and management issues, and real property disputes.
Mr. Marx stays current as to the issues challenging those in the legal cannabis community by studying the legal, social, and evolving business opportunities within this rapidly developing field.
This level of knowledge and experience serves to help resolve disputes among those operating at all levels of the cannabis industry, the business community and construction providers, designers and owners, to assist in avoiding litigation and in resolving disputes through facilitated negotiation among those businesses’ principals.
He attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Michael Marx's approach to negotiations as a mediator is to seek a win-win solution to complex problems, utilizing the skills of mindful listening and the ability to distill arguments and reframe issues in order to achieve a successful negotiated resolution of a dispute.