Medical Malpractice Mediation Services
“Mediation should be considered successful when both sides are satisfied, but not ecstatic, with the settlement.” — W. Scott Sonntag, medical malpractice attorney and third-party mediator
Columbia-based attorney W. Scott Sonntag is a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice trial lawyer that serves communities within the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas and nationwide. In over 30 years of practice, including 17 years practicing medical malpractice defense, he has handled more than 200 jury trials, resolved thousands of settlements and has been distinguished as a pre-eminent trial attorney through annual listings in several publications. Additionally, he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Complementing his litigation experience, Scott Sonntag has served as a neutral mediator in medical malpractice lawsuits and other civil matters for more than a decade. His mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services today consist primarily of medical malpractice cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland and nationwide.
Respected and Trusted for Experience, Objectivity and Fairness
Having represented clients on both ends of the spectrum, attorney Scott Sonntag recognizes that litigation is painful for both sides. Plaintiffs are coping with being seriously injured or losing a loved one. They are often compelled to file a lawsuit in order to adjust to the financial setbacks of their unfortunate situation. Defendants are dealing with accusations that, in many cases, hold them responsible for the serious injury or death of another human being. Not only must defendants live with these issues on a daily basis, their license to practice medicine could be in jeopardy as a result. As a trial lawyer, Scott Sonntag has extended compassion, understanding and empathy to both plaintiffs and defendants in medical malpractice litigation.
With his litigation practice focusing exclusively on medical malpractice plaintiff representation and his nearly two decades of medical malpractice defense experience, he has earned credibility from hospitals, HMOs, insurance companies, and plaintiff and defense attorneys alike.
Mediation Is About Achieving a Fair Settlement
In medical malpractice litigation, no one knows what a jury will do at trial. Cases have been won and lost in situations where no one believed such a verdict would be possible. Trial will always pose risks for both the plaintiff and the defense. Mediation is about coming together and reaching a settlement number that is reasonable enough that it isn’t worth rolling the dice at trial.
While his career focuses on serving the needs of plaintiffs as a medical malpractice trial attorney, Scott Sonntag continues to serve as an objective, professional mediator. His role as mediator allows him to objectively view and evaluate both sides of a dispute. He capably helps both sides of a dispute recognize and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their positions, which enables them to come closer together in terms of reaching a fair settlement.