Mediator With 25 Years Of Experience

"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace."


I have returned to the Sebastopol and Sonoma County legal communities after spending years in San Francisco, garnering a reputation as a nationally and internationally recognized mediator. I still mediate all over Northern California and in Los Angeles as well.

My experience allows me to mediate issues ranging from the very small to the very big. I was the Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Sonoma County Superior Court where I handled cases between individuals and small businesses throughout the County. Five years later, I took on the role as the Mediation Program Administrator at the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District in San Francisco, where I handled large cases involving lawyers from nationally known law firms and assets ranging up to $1 billion.

No matter what your client faces, I have the experience and resources to help them reach an effective resolution.

A note for real estate agents, attorneys and buyers/sellers

I am on the California Association of Realtors' panel of mediators. Due to the numerous legal issues that can arise during real estate disputes, it is vital to have an attorney who is well-versed in both the law and the mediation process. Call 707-483-1816.

A Recognized Name In Mediation

Since focusing my practice on mediation more than 25 years ago, I have become a recognized name in mediation. Here are a few reasons why:

  • I administered one of the top mediation programs in the country at the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
  • I am the only person in Northern California, excluding the Bay Area, who is a leader of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution.
  • I wrote a paper on empirical research for mediators that has been widely read and gave rise to the creation of the Mediation Resource Task Force, which I chair. This task force is made up of law professors, practitioners and scholars from around the world.
  • I have lectured extensively about empirical research on mediation, including delivering a lecture to Australian mediators in 2013.

A Mediation Practice Built On Experience And Research

Your mediator's ability can save you or your client substantial time and money. I have built my mediation practice on scientific research around what works in mediation. For example, a few days before we sit down to mediate your dispute, I will meet with you and the other party in order to explain mediation and help you prepare for it. Why? Because empirical research shows it to be highly correlated with an increase in mediated resolutions.

I didn't just write the paper on using empirical research to guide mediation — I practice it daily.

Call 707-483-1816 To Discuss Your Case

I have enjoyed returning to Sonoma County and the attorneys, real estate agents and individuals who make it a great place to live and work. My office is on Main Street, right in town square. Stop in, give me a call or send me a message to discuss your case.

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