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Joe Liffrig

Joe is a mediator, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, husband and father. He lives and works in the Denver metro and is passionate about making our legal system more efficient so people can end disputes and get back to what matters.
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Minimize Risk: Settling Sexual Harassment Claims with Online Mediation

Nov 7, 2019 2:21:56 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settle, case study, ADR, Settlement, Online Dispute Resolution, risk, safety, ODR, sexual harassment, workplace, employment

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Negotiations are all about limiting risk, especially in high-stakes harassment and abuse lawsuits. This dynamic makes First Court's risk-free approach the perfect forum to negotiate settlements in these cases.Casual business colleagues in argument at work

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Welcome Mediator Timothy Barnes

Aug 12, 2019 4:15:14 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, ADR, Mediation, New York, New Jersey

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One of the best parts of my job as First Court continues to grow is to identify new mediators to join our panel, vet their fit with our culture, and turn them loose on efficiently resolving disputes. I'm happy to introduce Timothy Barnes, the newest addition to our panel of neutrals.

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Case Closed: Surprisingly streamlined settlement in serious case

Jul 15, 2019 9:58:36 AM / by Joe Liffrig posted in case study, 1 Hour Mediation, Settlement Case Studies, Settlement, Online Dispute Resolution, Law, Ohio, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pennsylvania

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We recently mediated a six-figure settlement of a Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident with some uniquely challenging dynamics.

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Meet our Newest Mediators

Mar 13, 2019 1:54:23 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, ADR, Online Dispute Resolution

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First Court is growing rapidly, and we now have happy mediation clients in 41 states and the District of Columbia enjoying, average savings of 23 hours and 17% in litigation expenses per case. We want to celebrate that growth, welcome our new additions, and make sure that you are familiar with the whole team that is serving you.

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Win Jury Selection, Win at Trial - Juror Background Research by First Court

Mar 11, 2019 4:59:59 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Voir Dire, Jury Research, Focus Group, innovation, jury trial, voir dire rehearsal, jury selection, online jury research

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 Many trials are won or lost in voir dire, yet it's often cited as the least predictable part of litigation. We want to reduce that risk and help clients win at this critical stage, so we developed a powerful way for you to learn the characteristics of your good and bad jurors, practice your questions with real laypeople in advance, and enter public voir dire knowing every possible bit of information about the people in your jury pool.

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Evaluate Potential Experts... Before Hiring Them

Feb 6, 2019 4:55:00 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Jury Research, Witness, Experts, online jury research

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How often do you hire an expert knowing most of what they will say, but not how effective it will be in helping you win at trial? If you go into trial without knowing how effective your expert witness is at persuading jurors, you risk not only wasting the money spent on their fees, but also run the much greater risk of getting surprised by an adverse decision at trial.   

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How Jurors Value Less-Visible Injuries

Jan 24, 2019 1:41:40 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Jury Research, Focus Group, Witness, Testimony, Emotion, innovation, jury trial, jury selection

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We recently completed a private jury trial in a major motor vehicle collision, and learned some fascinating lessons about how jurors value less visible injuries such as cognitive impairment.

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Powerful, Cost-effective Jury Research - Introducing Three Hour Trial by First Court

Dec 14, 2018 9:54:22 AM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Jurors, Jury Research, Focus Group, innovation, jury trial, jury selection, three hour trial, online jury research

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We have helped thousands of clients win better outcomes in their lawsuits using our Private Jury Trial service over the last three decades. Woven into that success, we have heard two needs from our clients that we cannot meet with an all-day, in-person trial: 1) It's not cost effective for smaller cases, and 2) Because of the cost and time commitment, it's likely they can only do it once in a given case... even as the case evolves and new questions arise. 

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What could you accomplish with 10 free hours?

Dec 13, 2018 10:54:58 AM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, ADR, Settlement Case Studies, Settlement, Online Dispute Resolution

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 Settling a six figure personal injury case in an hour probably seems impossible to those in the legal profession who have not yet enjoyed the benefits of First Court's 1 Hour Mediation

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Last call for 2018 Settlements

Dec 7, 2018 4:40:12 PM / by Joe Liffrig posted in Settle, 1 Hour Mediation, Settlement, Case Submission, Online Dispute Resolution

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Everyone involved in a lawsuit has some incentive to settle before the end of the year. Whether it's holiday closure (and cash) for injured parties, cash flow and tax benefits for law firms, or cleaning up the books for insurance carriers - our clients of every type tell us this time of year is a good inflection point to try to resolve open cases. 

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