More than 15 years ago, before Chet had any formal mediation training, two lawyers asked him if he would mediate a personal injury/premises liability case. He successfully conducted that first mediation and his reputation 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 effectiveness as a mediator. His success in civil litigation 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 since been recertified. He was selected for listing again in 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers on the basis of peer nominations, evaluations and professional achievement.
Completion of training conducted by the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Minnesota resulted 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, in New York in 2004 and Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills in Toronto in 2006, both sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. In 2007 and again in 2009 he participated in two and one half day advanced mediation skills programs offered by Pepperdine University and the Vermont School of Law.
Chet has participated in teleconferences and studied articles that explore the science of human behavior in the context of mediation.
Chet continues to enhance his mediation and litigation skills through teleconferences and other CLE events and by his membership in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution sections of the American Bar Association. He has been asked to judge negotiation 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.