Since 1973 I've been part of the Sebastopol and Sonoma County communities and have gone from fostering discussions about the environment and the Russian River to developing a popular mediation program at the Sonoma County Superior Court. I'm proud to take a leadership role in the California mediation community as my roots as a hometown lawyer go deep.

I am one of the few California attorneys who qualified for the bar exam by reading the law rather than attending law school. In my early years as an attorney I was struck by watching individuals of modest means face massive legal bills and a litigation system that supported drawn-out battles, effectively exacerbating problems rather than solving them. After these experiences I continued to diverge from the legal tradition and committed myself to mediation. I turned to mediation as a way to help people make good decisions and find creative, cost-effective solutions.

My Leadership Roles In Mediation Profession Locally, Statewide, Nationally and Internationally

In order to convey the benefits of mediation, I took a leadership role in the Sonoma County Bar Association's early effort to encourage mediation at the local court level. I was hired by the Sonoma County Superior Court in 2000 to create and run the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sonoma County's Superior Court for nearly five years where I watched the practice grow in popularity. While serving as the director, I called the case management conference in every civil case filed in the Court and mediated many of them.

I then became the Mediation Program Administrator at the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco. There I handled mediation appeals cases involving significant assets and publicized disputes including an attorney fee appeal involving a trust dispute between a large financial institution and a Washington, D.C. trust attorney and a $1 billion lawsuit involving Chevron Oil Refinery.

At that time, I also took on a leadership role with the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution and spearheaded an effort to create a mediation research task force. As chair of the task force, I have lectured extensively on the benefits of using empirical research to improve mediation techniques, including a public lecture regarding my widely received paper "A Call for Evidence Based Research on Mediation Quality " in Melbourne, Australia. This report will be published before April 2018 and is a landmark event in the history of the practice of mediation worldwide.

Returning To My Roots: Sonoma County

In 2014 I returned to live and work in Sonoma County as a lawyer, mediator and community member. Upon returning, I continued to expand my mediation practice: I have accepted a role as one of the only Northern California attorneys on the California Association of Realtors' mediation panel. I've settled over a million dollars in personal injury cases, have worked hard to help people create estate plans, protect their businesses and manage real estate issues. And, still, I continue to serve clients throughout the Bay Area, often in my capacity as Of Counsel to Gibbs Law, a boutique tech and litigation firm in San Francisco.

My experience ensures effective, professional negotiation assistance and my commitment to community drives me to lend a helping hand.

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Then, contact me via email or by calling 510-597-0492 to discuss your case. My law office, Gary Weiner Lawyer & Mediator, is located on Main Street in Sebastopol.