Mediator and Attorney Mark Baer is recognized as a ‘thought leader’ in many areas of Family Law for his provocative and forward-thinking ideas on improving the way in which Family Law is handled. As a former litigator who advocates the use of mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, Mr. Baer points out the inherent flaws that exist in litigating Family Law matters, then reveals more creative and less destructive approaches. Utilizing his vast array of information and knowledge, well beyond the law itself, Mr. Baer provides insight on how the dissolution of familial relationships, as typically practiced, leads to less-than-optimal results, both financially and emotionally. He also highlights the difference between ‘dispute resolution’ and ‘conflict resolution’ to offer simple ways of achieving a better result for all parties involved including the children. WHO IS MARK BAER? Mark is a peace-maker and problem-solver. That's true, whether he's acting in his capacity as a mediator, attorney or conflict resolution coach. Mediators are peacemakers, in Mark's opinion. When operating in his capacity as an attorney, he views his role as a "counselor at law." The mantra he lives by is set forth in the following quote by Abraham Lincoln: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser--in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough." Family law is known as the vampire of the legal system because the cases never die. Mark strives to handle his cases, such that they don't become vampires. Mark's philosophy and approach is consistent with the title of the book in which he co-authored two chapters, which is "Putting Kids First in Divorce: How to Reduce Conflict, Preserve Relationships and Protect Children During and After Divorce." He assists people in conflict solve their problems, rather than merely broker deals on the legal issues. He has a knack for capturing the essence of a conflict and moving people to a place of empathy and compassion so as to reduce financial costs and improve relationships. He helps people to see things from different perspectives and to focus on the bigger picture. He is best known as an empathetic, compassionate and intelligent deep thinker with a very strong grasp of the process tools available to mediators and insight into human behavior and psychology. He strives to and is able to discover, and effectively deal with not only the obvious issues, but also those below the surface issues which often make the difference in conflict resolution. From Mark's perspective, lawyers can either solve problems or create them.