TMS Event Details

Event Title: Cartoons, Pictures, and Humor as Tools to Explain Mediation

Event Type: Society Session


Remmers Global

1 Kaiser Plaza

Suite 350

Oakland, CA

Presenter: Frank Russo

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: Noon to 1:30pm
Please provide your own lunch


Frank Russo will share some of his collection of cartoons from the daily comics and other sources that capture the underlying principles of mediation, negotiation, and the preconceived notions that participants in the mediation process often bring with them.

As mediators we often use words to explain mediation to attorneys and especially unsophisticated parties. But sometimes words and dry theoretical constructs don’t alter the little pictures in our heads that consciously or subconsciously impede success in resolving disputes.

If you have some, please bring with you any cartoons, pictures, humor, or other approaches to share in our discussion. Let’s have some fun and a few laughs!


Since opening Russo Mediation and Law in 2008, Frank D. Russo has mediated workers’ compensation, third party, and civil cases.  He is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and is an arbitrator of workers’ compensation cases on assignment of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and serves on a number of employer / employee alternative dispute resolution panels as a mediator and arbitrator pursuant to the California Labor Code.  He is Of Counsel to Boxer & Gerson and has litigated or negotiated settlements of over 10,000 cases since 1978.