“The Program” - Mediation Services


The Dauphin County Bar Association is pleased to sponsor a Mediation Program (“the Program”) as a service to its members and the community. Mediation provides an alternative to traditional litigation for the resolution of disputes.


Mediation Defined

Mediation is a consensual process in which an impartial person facilitates communication between parties in a dispute, to assist them in reaching an acceptable resolution. The parties have the opportunity to listen and talk with each other, exchange information, consider each other’s perspectives, and make voluntary, informed decisions; all with the assistance of the mediator. As the hallmark principle of mediation is party self-determination, the mediator does not have the authority to render a decision or impose a resolution on the parties. 

Panel Mediators

The DCBA has created a panel of attorneys (“the Panel”) willing to serve as mediators, and who meet the qualifications established by the DBCA ADR Committee. All mediators included on the Panel have agreed to abide by the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (September 2005) adopted jointly by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution. A list of the Panel mediators with links to their profiles is set forth below.

Program Fees

The fees for participation in the Program (including the Mediation Fee and Additional Fees) are set forth in the Mediation Program Guidelines. A link to the Mediation Program Guidelines is set forth below. All parties wishing to participate in the Program shall be responsible for reviewing the Mediation Program Guidelines. 

To Commence a Mediation Under the Program

Any party wishing to participate in the Program shall review the Mediation Program Guidelines, and complete and return the following to Patrice Merzanis at the Dauphin County Bar Association: (1) Request for Mediation Form; (2) Agreement to Mediate; (3) Mediation Fee of $950.00 (checks made payable to the Dauphin County Bar Association). Links to each of the forms are set forth below. Forms may be returned by e-mail to patrice@dcba-pa.org; however, until all required forms and the required Mediation Fee are received by the DCBA, the request for mediation will not be processed. Should you have any questions regarding the Program, please contact Patrice Merzanis, at 717-232-7536, option #6 or patrice@dcba-pa.org. Any attorney who is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and wishes to be considered for inclusion on the Panel of mediators should visit this page.


Panel Mediators