“Conflict is inevitable. But combat is optional.” – Max Lucado
Over the course of his legal career, Joe Eischens represented hundreds of individuals and companies in all phases of litigation, including 20+ trials and over 500 mediations. In 2003 Joe completed mediator training at the University of Missouri and now serves as a skilled, knowledgeable mediator in most civil-related matters throughout the Midwest. He has served as a mediator in over 1,000 cases and has a high resolution rate. He has been recognized by his peers as a Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer” in Labor/Employment Law and/or Mediation every year since 2007. Joe brings a unique “everyman’s” perspective to his mediation practice and believes that his success as a mediator stems from his ability to listen intently to both sides, empathize with each party, and creatively work through difficult situations to reach successful resolution.
Born and raised in Jordan, Minnesota, a small town that values honesty and hard work, Joe’s humble upbringing inspired him to devote his career to problem solving. His father was a plumber and his mother a homemaker for Joe and his nine (NINE!) lively siblings. Being the youngest of ten provided Joe with a fertile training ground for conflict resolution and a natural beginning for his success as an attorney and a mediator.
He received his B.A. degree in Communications Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1987 and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1992. After moving to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1993, Joe focused his litigation practice on employment-related matters (including discrimination, wage and hour, whistle-blower, workers’ comp retaliation, FMLA, FLSA, breach of contract), personal injury and product liability cases, and other related civil matters. He carried this vast litigation experience into a successful mediation practice, one in which both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ attorneys actively seek his services.
Joe is a certified mediator in both Kansas and Missouri state and federal courts. He has given lectures on issues involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, jury selection, depositions and discovery, and best mediation practices. He has provided mediation, harassment and discrimination training to human resource professionals and corporate general counsel.
Outside of his professional practice, Joe served as the President of the Board for the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation where he is a staunch patient advocate for those afflicted with this rare form of cancer.
Types of Cases Mediated:
Employment Discrimination (race, gender, age, religion, disability)
Wage and Hour / Unpaid Overtime
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Breach of Contract
Civil Rights Violations
Premises Liability/Slip and Fall/Inadequate Security
Professional Liability and Malpractice
EMS IS A NATIONAL MEDIATION PRACTICE
Joe’s mediation credentials and litigation experience allow him to conduct mediations anywhere in the nation. He has conducted mediations in Kansas City, Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Louis, and Springfield in Missouri; and Wichita, Topeka, and Johnson County in Kansas. In addition, Joe has participated in mediations in throughout the United States. EMS receives numerous referrals from previous clients and welcomes the opportunity to provide mediation services in locales that are desirable and accommodating to all parties.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, EMS conducts most mediations via Zoom teleconferencing, enabling participants to attend mediation seamlessly from all over the world.
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards