Aune & Associates offers both mediation and arbitration services involving real estate matters. These alternative dispute resolution services can be particularly valuable because we understand how expensive, time-consuming and unpredictable litigation can be.
As a trained mediator, Mr. Aune uses his skills and his ability to truly understand the needs of the parties in order to resolve their disputes. The mediation process provides a relatively low cost method of bringing parties together cooperatively to reach creative solutions to problems that initially are often believed impossible to resolve. As a result, of the many mediations conducted by Mr. Aune over the years, well over 90% if them have resulted in resolutions without proceeding to costly litigation.
Mr. Aune’s background as an engineer before becoming an attorney also has served him well in conducting mediations. He is able, due to his technical background and experience, to both understand technical aspects of complex construction and other cases, and to better approach the individuals’ problems in a logical and analytical manner, resulting in more efficient mediation at a lower cost.
Mr. Aune also acts as an arbitrator in real estate matters, conducting hearings and rendering rulings often much more efficiently than could be achieved through the court system.
In addition, for more than 20 years Mr. Aune has acted as a volunteer judge pro tem in the San Francisco Superior Court, conducting settlement conferences and presiding over Small Claims Court proceedings. He also conducts mediations as a member of the San Francisco Bar Association panel of approved mediators (http://sfbar.org/adr/panelists/aune.aspx).