A recent discussion about a mediator/arbitrator had me thinking what is in the back of mediators mind’s when they hearing or settling a case? Reversing roles for a minute, I think most mediators realize that Mr. Atty only brings the mediator two or three cases a year. The insurance company is bringing 100’s of claims to this mediator. A steady source of income. This may not be a conscious thought, but certainly is in the back of a mediators mind. Does this alter the outcome or value of the case’s heard? Do you think a mediator is likely to hurt his own income stream and really whack his/her best customer? Isn’t it more likely that the mediator/Arbitrator will whack the occasional attorney’s client whom will never be seen again?