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Avoid costly litigation with distinguished 3rd party neutral,
David A. Schaefer, principal attorney at McCarthy,
Lebit, Crystal & Liffman

David A. Schaefer
Schaefer Dispute Resolution

David A. Schaefer is a principal at McCarthy Lebit and heads up the 60-year-old firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice area. David has assisted in resolving hundreds of disputes in his career. The parties in his mediations are generally pleased with his assistance and the outcomes as avoiding litigation saves time and money. He looks forward to continuing his work in this arena.

David is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only alternative dispute resolution professional association. Year after year, he is selected as a Best Lawyer ® and Super Lawyer ®, which are the premier, peer-voted, attorney rating services. For 2020, his peers voted him Best Lawyer’s® “Attorney of the Year - Insurance” in the Northeast Ohio region …this is the third time he has earned a Best Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year award. In 2014, he was Mediator of the Year, and in 2017, Bet the Company Litigator of the Year.

David’s outstanding reputation is the result of his seasoned judgment and fair mindedness.



Dave checks all the boxes for being an effective mediator. He collaborates with counsel to make sure the process is efficient and targeted to the nature of the case before him; he is always well prepared; he is patient, but keeps negotiations moving forward; he and his assistant, Lynn, are willing to accommodate you on short notice; and he will tell you what you do not necessarily want to hear about your position with credibility and tact. I have used Dave while representing plaintiffs and defendants, and I think he is one of the best values in town.


David is always thoroughly prepared and brings an invaluable depth of experience from both the plaintiff's and defendant's point of view. He exhibits a patient but dogged determination to help the parties reach a resolution of their dispute.


Dave was great. Helped with a very emotionally driven construction case. He directed his attention where he knew it was most needed, his knowledge of the industry kept the parties focused on the substantive issues and he persistently followed up for weeks after the initial effort to get the case resolved. Super pleased!


What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows parties to resolve legal disputes without litigation. The process is overseen by a neutral arbitrator who renders a decision that is nearly always binding. The process can be voluntary or required by the court...

How is Arbitration Different from Mediation?

Arbitration and mediation are similar in that they are both forms of alternative dispute resolution, but there are some major differences. The primary difference is the control the third-party neutral (the arbitrator) in arbitration has over the outcome...

What does the mediator do?

Mediators help to facilitate conversations about a dispute and assist parties in coming to a mutually beneficial resolution. In most cases, the mediator will meet with each party involved in the dispute individually and then together to discuss their concerns and potential outcomes...

What type of dispute does mediation apply to?

Mediation can be used in just about any type of dispute, but there are some that tend to have a higher rate of success. In general, when there is a dispute between two or more parties that would benefit from a continued relationship after the dispute is resolved, mediation is the best option...

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