Divorce & Family Law Mediator Jason C. Brown
There is a growing movement toward using alternatives to traditional litigation to resolve divorce cases. One of the most popular options is mediation, in which the parties with a neutral uniquely qualified to help them come to an agreement outside of the courtroom.
How to Choose the Right Mediator
Selecting the right mediator is the first step toward resolving your case outside the courtroom. You should know that in Minnesota, anyone can hold themselves out as a "divorce mediator" - without a law degree, family court experience, appearance on the Supreme Court's roster of approved neutrals, or any other formal training. For that reason, it is crucial to obtain a potential mediator's list of qualifications.
Jason Brown's Qualifications
Jason C. Brown is a founding shareholder in the Brown Law Offices, P.A., a northwest Twin Cities divorce and family law firm. He is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of family law by Thomson Reuters.
Given his unique qualifications, Jason serves as a court-appointed early neutral evaluator in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District and was selected to serve as a mediator for the Hennepin County Guardianship/Conservatorship Mediation Pilot Project.
Mr. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 17 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives.
Many of Jason's cases have involved custody disputes, alimony claims, and high net worth individuals. He has successfully tried matters throughout the Twin Cities – most in Hennepin, Anoka, Sherburne or Wright County.
Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, including the annual Minnesota Family Law Institute.
Mr. Brown publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and writes a monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper.
Local media appearances by Jason include the Star Tribune, WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.
Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. After graduation, he served as a law clerk the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.
Cost of Mediation
Mediation fees are typically split equally among the parties. Jason provides mediation services at a rate of $250.00 per hour and most sessions last three or four hours. A retainer of $500.00 is collected from each side ahead of each session. Any unused fees are promptly refunded to the parties.
While fees for mediation are not insubstantial, the costs associated with litigating a case in the court system are far greater. It is not uncommon for each litigant to spend $10,000.00, or more, in lawyer fees and costs in asking a judge to decide matters. Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation.
Nature of Mediation
Mediation is confidential and non-binding. Mediators cannot force the parties into a settlement. Rather, mediators keep everyone focused and facilitate the exchange of information. The actions and concessions of a party during mediation cannot be used against them in court pursuant to the rules of evidence.
Advantages of Mediation
Saving fees and costs is just one advantage of mediation. Mediation will also save you time, as it often takes a year or more to move a divorce through the court system. Most importantly, the parties (rather than a judge) maintain control over the outcome.
Contact Jason to Discuss Your Matter
If you'd like to learn more about the mediation services offered by Jason Brown, or his qualifications to help you, please call (763) 323-6555.