7 Tips for Effective Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Brad Heckman, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Peace Institute, shares seven vivid images on effectively mediating disputes.

We don’t know what we think we know about people in conflict.
— Brad Heckman

Whether your a party to a lawsuit, an attorney with clients headed to mediation, or a mediator refining your dispute resolution skills, this TedX Talk provides great insight on how to understand "It's Not About you," "Dare to be Dumb," "Reflect," "Embrace the Silence," "Be the Cow," "Time Travel," and "Dance with Zombies."

TED Talks are licensed under the Creative Commons license "Attribution - NonCommercial - NonDerivative"

"When The Band Gets Divorced - Mediating The Band Partnership Dispute"

"When The Band Gets Divorced - Mediating The Band Partnership Dispute"1 hr CLE pending

Join attorney/mediator Tamera Bennett at the Belo Mansion at Noon on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 for a discussion on common issues band members mediate when a member departs and/or the band dissolves.

We'll be taking a look at the "Sugarland" partnership dispute, the recent "En Vogue" dispute, as well as the "J Geils Band" dispute and applying those fact patterns to structuring a successful mediation for your client.

Dallas Bar Association Belo Mansion 2101 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214-220-7400

Mediating the Band Partnership Dispute

Image CC2.0  Martin Fisch 

Image CC2.0 Martin Fisch 

Scenario:  Band members are "in love" and all is rocking along.  Money is starting to be made and then it happens --- the honeymoon is over and a band member leaves voluntarily or is forced out.   A lawsuit is filed and it starts to get ugly. Even a written Band Partnership Agreement or LLC Membership Agreement may not be sufficient to resolve the dispute between the parties.  A third-party neutral, i.e., mediator, might be necessary to hear all sides of the dispute and help guide the band members to a workable solution.

Common battle grounds include:

Who gets to use the band name? Who owns the master recording copyrights? Who owns the song copyrights? Who owns the physical product or merchandise? Can the band keep using the leaving band member's name and likeness?

Here are some on-going band disputes where mediation, also known as alternative dispute resolution, could be used as a vehicle to resolve the dispute by the parties rather than by a judge or jury:

Boston v. Tom Sholz (former Boston guitar player) LIVE - mediation occurred on November 1, 2012 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti J Geils Band En Vogue - lawsuit settled via arbitration Chris Daughtry sued by Absent Element

To learn more about Music Attorney Tamera Bennett's mediation practice click here.


May 20, 2007 Attorney Tamera H. Bennett recently received her certificate of completion of the Texas 40 Hour Mediation Course. Tamera will be available to mediate business conflicts with an emphasis on trademark, copyright and entertainment law disputes.

For more information, feel free to contact Tamera at