Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. At the heart of any effective mediation is an acceptance of the wisdom in this maxim, that a good resolution today is generally better than a hoped-for, perfect resolution in the uncertain future.

Scott St. Marie understands that a mediator cannot create the resolution of a dispute. The parties must do that. A skilled mediator  can, however, facilitate a resolution by opening lines of dialogue; by establishing an atmosphere of trust; and by making the parties aware of the weaknesses as well as the strengths of their positions. Scott's substantial experience as a mediator of complex construction disputes is informed by decades of practice representing all the potential sides in construction matters—owners, contractors and subcontractors, sureties, engineers and architects.

A skilled mediator can facilitate resolution by opening lines of dialogue, establishing an atmosphere of trust, and illuminating a party's weaknesses along with its strengths

There are times when a global resolution of the parties’ disputes is unattainable.  In those instances, Scott explores alternatives such as partial resolution or even single-issue resolution. And he remains available after the mediation to continue fostering a dialogue that can lead to resolution.