David Steed is a seasoned lawyer with the Klenda Austerman Law Firm. He is a member of the firm and an active member of the WBA Ethics Committee and Civil Practice Committee. He has mediated in excess of 100 civil disputes and has experience as an arbitrator. His years as a mediator and trial lawyer give David perspective that permits him to approach a case with an honest assessment of the economic realities of litigation. It is best to honestly evaluate a case early to permit a candid evaluation of goals, strategy and probable costs.David serves as a neutral mediator in civil matters regarding personal injury, medical malpractice, and insurance coverage disputes. Before a case proceeds to a costly trial, parties can agree to give confidential mediation a try. When hired by both parties as a mediator, David avoids giving guidance, taking sides and making judgements. His sole purpose is to lead disputing parties to arrive at an outcome both are willing to accept. Mediation can be a cost effective way to settle a dispute.