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One Mediator, based in San Diego’s North County,
is the mediation office of Matthew W. Argue practicing in
Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties and beyond.

Scheduling A Mediation

Policies and Procedures

Thank you for selecting One Mediator. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you on this matter.

Our policy on payment is described below. In addition, we will need all parties and their counsel to sign the Mediation Agreement. A fully executed Mediation Agreement and deposit are prerequisites to confirming a mediation date.

2014 Schedule of Fees

Download 2014 Schedule of Fees.

Fees for Full-Day of Mediation or Arbitration:

San Diego and Riverside Counties
Flat Fee – $5,800 per day

Orange County
Flat Fee – $6,000 per day (there is no charge for travel time)

Los Angeles County
Flat Fee – $6,200 per day (there is no charge for travel time)

Outside Southern California
Flat Fee – $6,400 per day (reasonable travel expenses shall be approved by the client)

Half-day Mediation Rate:

For mediation cases involving three parties or less and half-day mediation of four hours or less, the half-day mediation rate is $3,000 plus travel time to and from the mediation.

Hourly Fees for Mediation or Arbitration Services:

All mediation or arbitration services not falling within one of the above hourly or flat fees, including pre and post hearing preparation and follow up, will be billed at the rate of $600.00 per hour. In addition to the above fees, Mediator/Arbitrator shall charge for meetings and telephone conferences with the parties or the other mediators/arbitrators, and review of briefs, correspondence and motions at the rate of $600.00 per hour pre-post hearing time. Mediator/Arbitrator will charge for reasonable preparation and study time, which shall include reviewing exhibits, necessary legal research, writing mediation/arbitration memoranda or orders, and decision preparation. Only in very unusual cases will pre-post hearing time exceed one day or the time reserved for the mediation/arbitration hearing, whichever is greater. If at any time it becomes apparent that the pre-post hearing time will necessarily exceed these parameters, the Mediator/Arbitrator shall promptly notify the parties. Mediator/Arbitrator shall not charge for the services of support staff (e.g., secretaries, legal assistants, associates) unless special arrangements have been made in writing with the parties.

Travel and Other Related Expense Items:

Mediator/Arbitrator shall be compensated for reasonable travel expenses, including travel time at $300.00 per hour (maximum $2,000), air faire (business class), hotel, $75 per diem meals and any other related expenses.

Extraordinary Mediation or Arbitration Services:

All mediation or arbitration matters are deemed not to be extraordinary, unless the Mediator/Arbitrator first notifies the parties that a particular mediation or arbitration is to be considered an extraordinary mediation or arbitration. In such case, the Mediator/Arbitrator will notify the parties in advance and the mediation or arbitration will be billed at a rate subject to the agreement of all parties and the Mediator/Arbitrator.

Reservations & Deposit

In order to reserve a time and date for your mediation, a deposit equal to the Mediator’s fees for the number of hours reserved for the actual mediation session must be received by the mediator within 5 business days of reserving the time and date for your mediation. The deposit will be allocated equally among parties, unless otherwise agreed, and invoiced directly to the responsible law firm or party in pro per. When the full deposit is received in a timely manner, the session is deemed confirmed. In the event all parties have not paid their pro rata share of the deposit within the 5 day period, the scheduled mediation session will be vacated.

Balances & Credits

In the event the total fees charged by the mediator exceeds the initial deposit, a final balance due will be allocated equally among the parties, unless otherwise agreed, and invoiced directly to the responsible law firm or party in pro per. Final payment shall be due upon receipt of the invoice. In the event the total fees charged by the mediator are less than the initial deposit, the credit balance amount will be allocated equally among the parties, unless otherwise agreed, and refunded directly to the responsible law firm or party in pro per within 5 business days of concluding the mediation.

Cancellation Fee

Cancellation notifications received less than 14 days before the scheduled mediation session shall be subject to a cancellation charge. Any confirmed appointment that is cancelled within 14 days of the confirmed date, or any case that settles where the parties fail to notify the mediator within 14 days of the confirmed date, will be charged half of the deposit. In the event another mediation is confirmed for the same date and time as the cancelled session date and reserved time, the cancellation charge will be waived and the deposit will be refunded.

Postponement Fee

Postponement notifications received less than 14 days before the confirmed mediation session date shall be subject to a postponement fee. The postponement fee for any party requiring a change to a confirmed appointment is $250.00. The postponement fee will be allocated equally among the parties, unless otherwise agreed, and invoiced directly to the responsible law firm or party in pro per.

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