The question I always get, Are you a lawyer? No. I am not an attorney.
Exceptional mediators come from a wide range of occupations and backgrounds. Some are in the field of law and some are not. No one education or occupation is an automatic guarantee of mediation talent. According to Mediate.com writer Chris Currie, “…mediation is not a natural extension of the practice of law, because mediation permits a broader definition of conflict as well as a more complete approach to its resolution. Because attorneys are schooled in, and acculturated to, the adversarial approach, it is very difficult (but certainly not impossible) for them to be equally accomplished in a more collaborative approach to settling disputes. There is no evidence to suggest that simply because a conflict may involve issues of law, that legal skills are more relevant to facilitating its resolution than human relations and negotiation skills.”
It is unethical for mediators to give legal advice in mediation even if they are an attorney. If you need legal, or any other kind of advice such as tax or financial issues, parties are expected to seek sources outside the mediation.