​​​​Richard L. Hinson, LLC

Attorney | Mediator

                                                                              FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What types of disputes do you mediate?

I mediate only civil matters involving disputes between individuals, businesses, governments, estates, trusts, insurance companies, or other entities.  Most mediation conferences involve litigation already pending in the state and federal courts, but I also conduct pre-suit mediations.

Are there any matters you do not mediate?

Yes.  I do not mediate family court/domestic matters.  I also do not mediate workers’ compensation claims.

What are your licenses and certifications?

I am an active member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar and the United States District Court, District of South Carolina Bar.  I am also certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as both a Circuit Court mediator and arbitrator.

Can anyone hire you to serve as mediator?

All of my business comes from other attorneys.  If an unrepresented individual or business would like to retain my services, we can discuss the terms.

How do I schedule a mediation conference?

The best option is to use the interactive Online Scheduling Calendar on my website at https://rhinsonlaw.com.  You can view my available dates and request a reservation.  You can also email or call me directly.

Do you serve as an arbitrator?

Yes.  I am certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as an arbitrator, have arbitrated many disputes, and have several arbitrations currently pending.

How are you paid for your services?

I charge for my services on an hourly basis.  Please contact me for the current rates.  Unless otherwise agreed, most court rules require the bill be divided equally among the parties.  Payment is due within ten days following the conference.

Will you travel?

I will travel anywhere in South Carolina and nearby states. 

What do you charge for travel?

I charge 50% of my mediation rate for travel, plus mileage at the current IRS rate.   

Where do you conduct in-person mediation conferences?

I no longer have a physical office for mediations.  Instead, I conduct in-person conferences at the offices of the attorneys, other law firms, and other facilities.

Do you conduct mediations remotely via videoconference?

Yes.  I am trained and experienced in conducting virtual mediation conferences.  This is an excellent, efficient, and cost-effective way to hold a mediation conference.  I only use Zoom Video Conferencing, as I have found it to provide the best platform for mediations.

What if I have more questions?

The “Contact” tab on my website contains the ways you can contact me directly if you have more questions.

Where can I learn more about you?

I encourage you to use the “About” tab on my website to learn more about me and my background.  Also, click the NADN banner on that same page to view my current resume.

Where can I learn more about mediation and arbitration?

The South Carolina ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Rules provide a good overview of mediation and arbitration in South Carolina state courts.  Here is the link:  https://www.sccourts.org/courtReg/indexADR.cfm