William Crowe, Mediator in Hawaiʻi, Dispute Resolutions

If you have been harmed or treated badly or wrongly, or are about to suffer loss or damage, let me know right away. If you are aware of wrongdoing/unfair treatment in the workplace, in the neighborhood, even with family, or in dealings with government or in business let me know and I can help.

Most conflicts can be resolved if the people involved are willing to work in good faith. As a mediator, I actively encourage and assist parties in finding workable resolutions that are legally appropriate, economically feasible, and personally acceptable, thus avoiding costly and emotionally draining litigation.


Mediation generally produces or promotes:

  • Less Costly Decisions. Mediation is generally less expensive when contrasted to litigation.
  • Quick Settlements.
    Court cases can take a year or more and on appeal multiple years. Mediation on the other hand can resolve disputes in a more timely way.
  • Results that are Mutually Satisfactory
    Parties are generally more satisfied when solutions are mutually agreed upon, as opposed to solutions that are imposed by a third party/ court.
  • High Rate of Compliance
    Parties who have reached their own agreement in mediation are more likely to comply with its terms than if the resolution has been imposed by a court or arbitrator.
  • Comprehensive and Customized Agreements
    Mediated settlements address both legal and non-legal issues. Mediated agreements often cover procedural and psychological issues that are not necessarily covered in litigation. The parties can tailor their settlement to their particular situation.
  • Better Control, More Predictable Outcome
    Parties who negotiate their own settlements can better control the result. Gains and losses are more predictable in a mediated settlement than they would be in a court case or arbitration.
  • Maintaining a Relationship or Terminating it More Amicably
    As relationships often need to continue for years, a mediated settlement that addresses all parties’ interests can often preserve a working relationship better than would be possible in a win or lose outcome. Mediation can also make the termination of a relationship more amicable.
  • Workable Decisions
    Negotiated or mediated agreements often have specially tailored provisions as to how the decisions will be carried out. As a result the parties will more likely comply with the terms of the settlement.
  • Satisfying Agreements as Opposed to Compromise or Win/Lose
    Mediated settlements can be more satisfactory to all parties than simple compromise decisions.
  • Decisions that Last
    Mediated settlements tend to last, and if a subsequent dispute arises, the parties are more likely to use a forum with co-operation and problem-solving than to resolve their differences in an adversarial manner.