Professional Background

"It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and one to hear."

- Henry David Thoreau


"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

- Carl Jung

I had a 27-year career as an attorney litigator and representative of parties in mediation. I primarily represented plaintiffs in employment matters

Experience

I have regularly volunteered as a Small Claims case mediator for the Mendocino County Superior Court. Additionally, I have served as a volunteer mediator for the City of San Francisco Department of Police Accountability and Recourse Mediation in Santa Rosa, CA. I also work as a contract mediator for the Consortium for Children, a non-profit agency doing permanecy planning mediation between families of origin and adoptive families. As an attorney advocating for the rights of employees, I formerly represented dozens of parties in mediation for over twenty five years.

Degrees

JD, Antioch School of Law;  BA, American Literature, The George Washington University

Approach

Sadly, the loudest and most abrasive voices can sometimes overpower those of calmness and reason. I believe people genuinely wish to make peace with one another but in times of stress and conflict, are often at a loss as to how to make that happen. I take great satisfaction in guiding parties towards resolution while  allowing parties to stay in charge of the mediation process and find their own options for creative problem solving. If desired, in separate sessions, I may point out weaknesses and strengths of parties' positions in order to facilitate resolution. As part of the mediation process, I also strive to empower parties to transform the quality of their relationships.

Fees

I offer a 30-minute free consultation to discuss your situation and my services. My current rate is $250 per hour for mediation and preparation time or $700 for a three hour morning or afternoon session or $1,400 for one-day six hour session (excluding prep time). These fees can be split between parties as desired.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Workplace  
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • ADA
  • Family
  • Community
  • Business
  • Cross Cultural
  • Parent-Teen
  • LGBTQ

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer

References available upon request