Chet's first experience as a mediator occurred more than 15 years ago. Two lawyers asked him to mediate a personal injury/premises liability case. He successfully conducted that first mediation and his reputation as a competent and effective mediator was launched, largely by word of mouth.
Chet's experience as a trial lawyer-evaluating, preparing and trying cases and negotiating settlements-is important to his work as an effective mediator. His success as a trial lawyer is recognized by his peers: he was elected a fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has for more than 30 years received the peer review rating AV® Preeminent© from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible in both legal and ethical standards.
Board certified as a civil litigation specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chet has twice been recertified. He was selected again in 2015 for listing in Great Plains Super Lawyers on the basis of peer nominations, evaluations and professional achievement.
Chet's formal training in Minnesota has enabled in his listing as a "qualified neutral" under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. He is also certified as a mediator in Iowa by the Iowa Association of Mediators.
He has attended numerous continuing legal education events, including the seminars Resolution and Resilience, and Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills, both sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. He has twice participated in two and one half day advanced mediation skills programs offered by Pepperdine University and the Vermont School of Law.
Chet continues to enhance his mediation and litigation skills through his membership in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution sections of the American Bar Association and their publications. He has been asked to judge negotiation and other competitions at the University of South Dakota Law School and for MBA classes at the University of Sioux Falls on several occasions. He was presented Judge of the Year Award for 2013-2014 by the ADR Board at the University of South Dakota Law School.
Chet was appointed by the court as a conservator in 2013. His experience as a mediator helps to handle the many challenges that appointment presents including elder law issues. In 2014 Chet enrolled in an Elder Law Mediation webinar, and in 2015 he again received elder law training.