This is a meeting of the parties, their counsel, any necessary consultants, and a lawyer or judge whose task is to supervise and facilitate the parties', counsel's, and consultants' discussions towards a resolution of the conflict. This may take a single session or multiple sessions. The settlement lawyer or judge may supervise the exchange of any additional information needed for additional settlement sessions. The lawyer or judge usually determines the procedure for the settlement discussions. Often, it is done by "shuttle diplomacy." This means that the parties and their respective counsel and consultants are mostly in separate rooms while the settlement lawyer or judge goes back and forth between each side with proposals, counter-proposals, or guidance and instructions for making proposals or counter-proposals.
This is intended to be a summary description and should not be relied upon as legal advice. More information may be obtained by consulting an attorney providing these services at HFLP.