Law office of Jerry M. Hiatt
Diligence. Insight. Creativity.


Comments On Mediations From The Participants


Jerry served for more than two years as the court appointed receiver in a case where I represented a major party. The dispute involved multiple complex claims and counterclaims between many parties and also involved title to about 2,000 acres of land near the Volcanoes National Park. In addition to acting as a receiver Jerry eventually helped all the parties reach and document a comprehensive settlement.

I can unequivocally recommend Jerry’s services. Jerry’s understanding of complex issues based on his years of experience (which includes an understanding of how a dispute likely will end if pursued in litigation), his ability to deal with many different personalities and his infinite patience enable him to put together resolutions that would escape many others. Recognizing and being able to cope with and address the varying dynamics among parties and a given party’s sometimes shifting dynamics over time require a careful, nuanced approach and an ability to listen, support, cajole and push, sometimes at the same time, and Jerry is eminently qualified in exercising these skills. In addition, his integrity enables him to serve in multiple capacities in a matter without exceeding the boundaries involved and to earn the trust and respect of the participants involved.
— Randolph Slaton, 2.28.19

We have used Mr. Jerry Hiatt as a mediator on a number of very complex litigation matters. He brings great skills to the process and has been highly effective as a mediator because of his intelligence, perseverance, dedication, thoughtfulness, and innovation in developing creative solutions. He has succeeded in bringing resolution to matters where the likelihood of a mediated settlement appeared remote at best. I recommend him highly as a mediator.
— Peter Starn of Starn, O'Toole, Marcus & Fisher

Jerry Hiatt was outstanding! He was extremely well prepared, certainly knew the relevant issues, and had the complete respect by everyone involved. The mediation went as well as could be expected. All cases resolved and we couldn’t have been better served.
— Michael J. Green in letter to Keith W Hunter, President &/CEO of DPR

I want to thank you very much for the remarkable mediation proceedings that you presided over in the above-indicated matter. It is obvious that you, after going over the facts, the applicable law and observing not only the strengths and weaknesses in each side’s case, with your vast experience, that you had the foresight on what analysis you should bring to the table to achieve the Mediation Agreement that was achieved. I have met very few people in my lifetime that can so quickly grasp not only the issues, but can see a road to follow in achieving a desired objective. You did all of the above, and I can only thank you very much for that.
— Robert Kanovitz, Successor Trustee, Salm Trust

I’ve litigated against Jerry for decades. You know how resourceful he can be. He effectively represented me once, quite awhile ago. I just used him for the first time as a mediator in an employment law case, with David Simons on the other side. Jerry is a expert in the subject, having represented employees and employers for years. He quickly learned the facts of the case, carefully listened to our concerns, answered everything we had to say, provided his impartial analysis and made useful suggestions to help settle the difficult case. Based on his performance, I will certainly consider choosing him to mediate future cases, and recommend that you do the same.
— Jeff Harris

Mr. Hiatt mediated an employment dispute in which I represented a party. I do not lavish praise often, but am known to do so when it is warranted. Resolution of this case could not have been accomplished but for Mr. Hiatt’s dedicated work and skillful maneuvers through an ever present and oft changing minefield.
— Rodney Bridgers

I have had several mediations with Jerry Hiatt, often because he was suggested by Defense counsel. Jerry was successful in getting settlements in those cases because he is an experienced litigator, who can and does give both sides an educated view of the upsides and downsides of their case. He also has a deep understanding of how the mediation process works and knows how and when to move a case forward to resolution.
— David Simons

Thank you for mediating our dispute. Your straightforwardness, particularly about your own agenda to settle, made it easier for me to trust the process and focus on practical decisions. I came away feeling satisfied that under the circumstances we reached the best possible outcome and I felt more complete about the whole experience than I anticipated. Also, thanks for validating my endeavor to be honest and fair which is important to me personally.
— James

My clients recently retained Mr. Hiatt to serve as a mediator in an unusual case involving a death of a therapy dog while kenneled. This case received both local and national news coverage. Mr. Hiatt was instrumental in getting the kennel owners to settle and I highly recommend Mr. Hiatt for his professionalism, expertise and patience in working with clients to resolve both complex and simple disputes.
— Carlos Perez-Mesa Clay of Champman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell

This is one that could still have gone way off track if we got bogged down in the emotions and all of the entanglements. You kept us on track. I would not have given this mediation high hopes. So, it was a super result and we still have our work cut out. Many thanks for all you have done.
— Terry O'Toole

I have found the competence of the mediator is key. I view a mediator as a leader in pointing the way to the exit for the participants. You really have to be a smart and intuitive person to be able to do that. Most try to bully the parties along; this does not work for experienced lawyers. Thank you for your skills.
— Vernon Y.T. Woo, Esq.

Thank you so much for your assistance in the recent complex marital property settlement matter which you successfully mediated for my client. I have to say that I really learned a lot from you and wanted to again thank you for taking this case on. We could not have resolved this matter without your guidance.
— Cheryl Arakaki

Thank you for your assistance in getting this matter (which involved claims and counterclaims over a commercial restaurant lease that were pending in two civil court cases), resolved. This was indeed a difficult case to settle, with many moving parts and interesting issues presented. Quite frankly, I was not very optimistic about our chances headed into mediation. We appreciate your diligent efforts in working with all of us.
— Wade Katano, 2.20.19