Professional Panel - Matthew N. White, Esq.
Because the art of mediation is such a relatively new and evolving legal phenomenon taking shape over the past 20 years, the success of the process really needs the full-bore and impassioned engagement of its facilitators. Matthew White, a successful San Rafael attorney with over 30 years of practice, brings to the mediation table the kind of leadership and commitment that makes mediation such a valuable legal tool.
“My belief in the mediation process,” says White, “is ironclad and unconditional. If I didn’t believe in it, I couldn’t sell it. I really work hard to help people resolve their disputes on their own. There’s a lot of gut instinct involved in being an effective mediator, and I have strong feelings for what’s needed as the cases unfold – a time to challenge the parties, a time to listen, a time to be quiet, a time to get out of the way, a time to provide guidance and a sense of direction. There are no scripts. It’s a situational field of play that’s ever-changing and which calls for flexibility. It helps that I have experience in many different areas, including personal injury, civil rights, business litigation, wrongful termination, real estate, sexual harassment, and partnership dissolutions—among others.”
White attributes his success to the comfortable and professional environment provided by Resolution Remedies in its ongoing efforts to handle complicated disputes in a friendly and dignified fashion.
“During mediation, I strive to make people feel good about themselves, regardless of the obviously conflicting issues swirling around the table. There’s never any real reason to be unpleasant, despite the intensity of the disagreements. I listen actively, and I take steps to find common interests that will lead to the best possible resolution. I have one simple goal: Let’s get it done.”
Matt White is a senior partner at Monty White LLP. Prior, he maintained a private solo practice for 16 years in San Rafael , with an emphasis on civil litigation, primarily personal injury. He is also of counsel to Keegin, Harrison, Schoppert, Smith & Karner LLP, handling business litigation matters for the firm. From 1979 to 1995, Matt had a personal injury practice in downtown San Francisco.