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Unbundling Legal Practice



Page Leader: Forrest S. Mosten

Known as the “Father of Unbundling,” Forrest (Woody) Mosten is the originator and world’s premier authority on this consumer oriented method of delivering legal services. Since 1993 when he delivered a keynote address on the subject in Australia, Mr. Mosten has written the key articles in the field, presented and trained lawyers in the practice of unbundling throughout the world, and been a consultant on legal access reform for courts, bar associations, and other organizations in many jurisdictions.

An original partner in Jacoby and Meyers, in forming the world’s first private legal clinic in 1972, Forrest Mosten has continually been at the cutting edge of mediation and legal services delivery. A former Assistant Regional Director in Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission and a law professor, Mr. Mosten’s commitment to legal access and dispute resolution has propelled him to national leadership in both law and ADR. He is the recipient of major awards for his contributions from the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar, and numerous other legal and mediation organizations. In addition to inventing unbundling, Mr. Mosten is credited with conceiving of and developing the client library, mediated case management, the confidential mini-evaluation, and expanding the role of the lawyer in mediation. His innovations in unbundling have been reported in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, The New York Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Chicago Tribune, ABA Journal and many other publications throughout the world.

A former member of the American Bar Association’s IOLTA Commission, Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, and its Section of Law Practice Management’s Task Forces on Mediation and Preventive Law, he has authored the seminal book on the subject, Unbundling Legal Services, (ABA 2000). His prior books, The Complete Guide to Mediation (ABA 1997) and Operating a Profitable Mediation Practice (1999) have been positively reviewed and utilized by lawyers and mediators worldwide, and Jossey-Bass shall be publishing his newest book, Mediation Career Guide, in fall 2001.

Mr. Mosten lives and practices in Los Angeles where he specializes in high conflict mediations, coaching clients in a limited scope basis, and is the Founder of Mosten Mediation Centers with offices throughout the United States. (http://www.MostenMediation.com).

 

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Click on the following for further reading or discussion:

     Managing and Preventing Disputes

     The Case for a National Legal Health Strategy

 

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