Neeti is a problem-solver. During her 20 years of litigation, while she advocated for her clients, she recognized the importance of identifying legal ‘wins’ and client ‘wins.’ Sometimes they are the same thing, sometimes they are not. Serving as a mediator—i.e. a third-party neutral—Neeti is able to assist parties in working toward amenable resolution of their legal disputes. As a mediator, Neeti does not advocate for one side or the other. She simply works for equitable settlement.
Experienced third-party perspective
Parties often wonder what value a mediator can offer without having decision-making authority. Having an individual outside of the litigation process provides an honest and independent perspective. With the mediator’s neutral perspective, the parties and counsel are able to consider how the facts and legal arguments of their case may be perceived by an outsider to the case—a gut check, of sorts. As a third-party neutral, the mediator is free from the emotion and entrenchment that often develops throughout the course of litigation. Being free from the emotional investment of the history of the case allows the mediator to provide objective feedback and consider alternative solutions.
Utilizing her prior litigation experience as a criminal defense attorney, employment attorney and family law attorney, Neeti is able to help parties navigate options for settlement. Her substantive knowledge of the law allows her to share her opinion about strengths and weaknesses of each party’s legal position while listening and understanding the various priorities each party has in an ideal settlement.
Opportunity to be heard
Mediation affords parties the opportunity to be heard; to explain his/her perspective of the pending issues. By speaking privately with a mediator, a party is given the chance to speak openly about questions, concerns, fears, and goals.
Non-Binding/ No surprises
One significant benefit to mediation is that the parties have a voice in the outcome. By contrast, when a dispute is resolved via trial, an outcome is imposed upon the parties. The parties do not have a voice in which areas of compromise they may be willing to make in exchange for something which may carry more significance to one or the other. Because mediation is non-binding, there are no surprise outcomes; nothing will happen without a clear and voluntary agreement between the parties. When parties have the peace of mind knowing that an outcome won’t be imposed upon them, they are often placed at ease to consider areas of compromise and may then reach settlement as a result.
The appellate process is uniquely different from the trial process. Neeti understands this process and has the analytical, research, and writing skills necessary to effectively represent individuals through all stages of an appeal: from identifying issues in the Notice of Appeal, researching the applicable law and writing briefs, through oral argument.
An appeal is a review process by a higher court. It is not merely a re-arguing of the facts presented to a trial court. Rather, the higher court reviews the issues pursuant to specific legal standards to determine whether the trial court committed reversible error. Accordingly, a nuanced and thorough understanding of the applicable law is critical to effective appellate representation. Neeti’s extensive family law experience provides her with substantive legal knowledge to analyze the strengths of appellate issues and provide clients with practical and balanced advice.
Not all appellate matters are published. An opinion may be published when it establishes new law or clarifies existing law. Of the numerous appeals Neeti has handled, she has had the following opinions published:
- In re Marriage of Antuna, 8 P.3d 589 (Colo.App.2000)
- In re Marriage of Dorsey, 2014 COA 19 (Petition for Certiorari pending)
- Archer v. Farmer Brothers Co., 70 P.3d 495 (Colo.App.2002) (employment law case)
- Archer v. Farmer Brothers Co., 90 P.3d 228 (Colo.2004) (employment law case)