Warning: Do not use this individual as a mediator. If you have scheduled a matter with him, canel now! He is not partial, does not attempt to be partial, and is more interested in advising the parties of his "ruling", rather than achieve a fair settlement. This is what happened a my recent mediation: in the presence of opposing counsel, he "advised" me that my client did not have a case. He then went down the hall, and told the same to my client. In fact, the plaintiff's case was "pure gold," but even if it were not, his approach was wrong-headed. Once I told Altman that we were leaving, he cooled off, but the damage was done. Again, do not use this individual under any circumstances. He should be banned as a mediator.