As a logical progression to his well-received book Now You Sue Them, Now You Don’t: The Magic of Mediating, intended for would-be mediators, Vincent Fornias now redirects his focus to the lawyers who engage as advocates in mediations. From preparation to participation, this book shares the author’s decades of experience in mediation to provide keen practical insights and advice. Advocacy in Mediations: Don’t Look Down, Look Around is essential reading not only to novice advocates, but even to the most seasoned mediation participants.
Vincent Fornias grew up in New Orleans after he and his family fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1960 when he was a child. Upon graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Fornias attended Louisiana State University and in three years obtained a degree in History magna cum laude. He then proceeded to its Law Center and graduated Order of the Coif, and was later inducted into its Hall of Fame. Following over two decades as a noted casualty trial lawyer, Fornias transitioned to the area of mediation, participating both as advocate and mediator in thousands of mediations spanning several states. He has been chosen by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Fornias is a sought after speaker in bar, law school, and industry settings, and has won awards for legal humor pieces that appeared for many years in various publications.