About 30 days before the trial of a highly contentious, multi-party, high dollar commercial real estate, fraud, negligence and trespass case, the judge instructed the parties to attend a mediation, specifically recommending Ron Bankston as the mediator. The parties could not have been further apart going in to the mediation. After a long day of mediation which resulted in progress, but no final settlement, Ron continued to work with the parties for the next 2 weeks. The parties reached a full settlement of all issues in the case, and this was the result, almost exclusively, of Ron’s persuasion, perseverance and just plain hard work. In more than 2 decades of litigation practice, I never seen a harder working, more effective mediator than Ron Bankston.