Structured Negotiation Articles

Structured Negotiation Talks in Toronto and Windsor

It will be cold, but it will be fun! From February 7 – February 10 Lainey Feingold will be speaking at several events in Toronto and Windsor Canada about her book Structured Negotiation a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits and about the state of digital accessibility law and advocacy in the United States. Most of these events, described below, are open to the public. A huge thank you to David Lepofsky for organizing Lainey’s trip, and for Osgoode Hall Law School for sponsorship. Read more…

When all You Have is a Hammer

Over the holidays I took a walk along San Francisco’s iconic Haight Street. When I saw a giant hammer mounted on the Roberts Hardware sign (included in this post) I knew I wanted to write about one of my favorite Structured Negotiation themes. “When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail” is an idea that appears in my book on page three. Read more…

Book Launch Celebration!

More than 100 people gathered in Berkeley, California on October 16, 2016 to help me celebrate the publication of Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. The atrium at the beautiful Ed Roberts Campus was perfect place for the party. Blind activists who have helped Structured Negotiation flourish as a way to resolve legal claims without lawsuits, members of the local disability community, and friends and colleagues from so many strands of my life turned out to celebrate the book despite the first big rain of the season. Read more…

Judging a Book by its Cover

This post is about the hexagons on the cover of my forthcoming book — Structured Negotiation: a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. The book will be published by the American Bar Association (ABA) next month. Hexagons are the perfect symbol for a book about cooperation, trust, and resolving legal claims without the conflict, expense and stress of traditional litigation. Read more…

Becky (Welz) Griffith (1971 – 2015)

Becky Griffith was a valuable member of the blind community and a valued Structured Negotiations participant. She died earlier this month at the too-young age of 44. Becky was a claimant in successful Structured Negotiations with Safeway grocery chain. (A Structured Negotiations claimant is the equivalent of a plaintiff in a lawsuit. We use different terminology to emphasize that Structured Negotiations is a collaborative, not an adversarial process.) The Safeway effort convinced the company to upgrade its online grocery shopping site to satisfy the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA so blind people (and everyone else) can use it. In this post you can read more about her participation in the Safeway negotiations, and about the qualities that made Becky a strong advocate for the rights of blind people. Read more…

Spring 2015 Presentations about Digital Access Law, Structured Negotiations

Interest in digital accessibility law is growing. During May 2015, the month in which we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Lainey Feingold will be speaking four times about legal developments impacting digital accessibility. In this post read more about her in-person presentations at Austin’s AccessU and at the Global Accessibility Awareness Day MeetUp in San Francisco, and about her virtual presentations as part of the AccessU Summit and the ADA National Network’s Accessible Technology webinar series. Lainey will also speaking to the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas County Bar about Structured Negotiations. Read more…

Structured Negotiations and Mobile Access

Mobile accessibility is about making sure that applications, information and services on mobile devices are available to all users. Weight Watchers, Bank of America, Major League Baseball and WellPoint have all engaged in Structured Negotiations with the blind community to improve the accessibility of their mobile offerings. These companies deserve to be recognized. Read more…

Feingold and Dardarian Receive California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

The Law Office of Lainey Feingold is honored to announce that Lainey has received a 2014 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in 2013. She shares this year’s CLAY award for disability rights with Linda Dardarian of the Oakland civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho. While maintaining their own law firms, Linda and Lainey have worked as partners in the truest sense of the word since 1994. Read more…

ABA Journal Highlights Structured Negotiation

Catching flies with honey is not the default strategy most attorneys use to resolve disputes. But Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian, both longtime California advocacy lawyers, have worked out a method that avoids conflict, costly litigation and protracted time in court—while still yielding beneficial results for their clients. The process they call “structured negotiations” has been used mainly to achieve improved access for the blind, including ATM machines that talk, websites embedded with code to decipher text and photos, and tactile point-of-sale devices in grocery stores. Read more…

Spring 2013 Conference Presentations

In the Spring of 2013, Lainey Feingold will be presenting at both the CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, and Knowbility’s John Slatin AccessU, two of the country’s most well-regarded disability technology conferences. Read about her presentations in this post. Read more…