Jim Stealey has mediated over 250 civil cases, most of which have involved personal injuries of various types, professional negligence, “Lemon Law” claims, breach of contract and breach of warranty claims, oil and gas disputes, property damage claims, boundary disputes and disagreements over wills and estates. By taking an active role in the mediation process, within the bounds of the rules governing mediation, Jim has achieved an excellent track record in getting cases settled via mediation. As a mediator who is not simply a message carrier, Jim is someone who directly engages in the process with all parties in an effort to assist in managing client expectations and facilitating a fair settlement of the claim. Jim is very aware that mediations and settlements oftentimes involve issues that are more important to clients than just the money. From past experience, Jim is skilled in recognizing the importance of these non-monetary issues which affect settlements, and in dealing with them in the course of the mediation. Jim has had advanced mediation training, is certified as a mediator by the West Virginia State Bar, has presented at mediation training seminars and is a member of the State Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also Past President of the West Virginia State Bar, a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and the recipient of the Bar Foundation’s Lawyer Citizen of the Year Award.
Seeing a need for a neutral, calm and productive mediation space in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Jim has relocated his office to incorporate a large mediation center. An open area is provided for those who need to break away from the situation to gather their thoughts. In addition to two large conference rooms, there are five other private offices available for consultation or separation in the mediation center. The mediation center will furnish beverages and baked goods for morning mediations and can also offer several lunch choices. For more information, please call 304.485.3127. We also offer rooms to other lawyers and court reports for depositions and video conferencing at a nominal fee.