Combining the facilitative and evaluative styles of mediating, Faustin Pipal is one of the few mediators with extensive experience mediating both employment and catastrophic injury matters. Since establishing his mediation practice in 1993, Mr. Pipal has mediated and arbitrated a myriad of employment matters including:
- Wrongful Discharge
- Race, Age, Gender & Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Sexual Harassment
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Employment Contract Disputes
- Wage & Hour
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Trade Secrets
Mr. Pipal draws on his litigation experience during the mediation, instilling confidence in the process. A litigator since 1980, he has represented both employees and employers in wrongful discharge and discrimination cases. His considerable experience litigating employment matters helps him evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in each party’s case, increasing the effectiveness and value of the process.
In June of 2016, Mr. Pipal completed an Advanced Mediation Training Program at the Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The program, entitled: “ ‘You’re Fired!’ Resolving Workplace Disputes through Mediation and Other ADR Processes”, focused on how ADR applies in the employment context and differentiates itself from other types of commercial disputes. Topics covered included recognizing the key legal elements of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour litigation.
In 2015, Mr. Pipal presented a full-day program on Negotiation to the Regional Directors of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Division at their annual conference in Chicago. He is an approved external mediator in the EEOC’s Mediation Program, and has provided mediation training to law firms and employers. Mr. Pipal is an approved mediator in the Circuit Court of Cook County Law and Chancery Divisions Court-Ordered Mediation Programs.