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About

Mike Ludwig

Employment Mediator

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BIOGRAPHY

Mike practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years, with a focus on wage and hour class actions, PAGA actions, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination. While at Blank Rome LLP, he served as Vice Chair of the national labor and employment practice group.

Mike graduated from the USC Gould School of Law in 1994. He received his mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine Caruso Law School in 2020.

Mike is a certified panel mediator for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the California Civil Rights Department (formerly, the Department of Fair Employment Housing). He also serves as a Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Virtual Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) Program, focusing on the resolution of employment cases.

Mike is an active member of the Southern California Mediation Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), the California Lawyers Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Approach

Experienced: As an employment mediator, Mike leverages decades of experience handling employment litigation matters to help others effectively resolve employment disputes in mediation. Mike practiced employment law at top law firms in California, with a focus on wage and hour class actions, PAGA actions, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mike realized after many years of representing clients in litigation that his calling was in mediation. He found that he had a natural talent for guiding parties towards resolution and facilitating productive communication between them.

Flexible: Mike has participated in and conducted hundreds of mediations, and he studies each one to identify what worked, what did not work, and how the process can be improved. Mike tailors his approach in mediation to the particular dispute, including the personalities and interests of the parties, their attorneys, and interested third parties. Mike is committed to authenticity and transparency, and he will share an honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of a party’s position when it is conducive to the mediation process.

Persistent: Mike’s view is that his work as a mediator is not done until a case is settled. On the day of the mediation session, Mike will be prepared, and all participants should be prepared, to stay as long as it takes to reach a settlement. In the event a case does not settle at the mediation session, Mike will stay involved by following up with counsel to continue the settlement negotiations until the case is resolved.

Respectful: Mike has a reputation for being both impartial and empathetic, allowing him to connect with all parties involved and gain a deep understanding of their concerns and needs. He understands that employment disputes can be emotionally charged, and he is skilled at defusing tensions and creating a safe space for productive dialogue. Mike is committed to helping parties resolve disputes on their own terms.

Mike regularly writes about mediation and negotiation. You can sign up for his monthly emails and find prior articles here

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