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About Susan > Professional Resume

Professional Resume                           

EDUCATION:

  • B.A.  Hampshire College, Amherst, MA  ThesisMediation: An Alternative to Conventional Criminal Adjudication
  • J.D.  Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
  • Diploma in Advanced International Law, McGeorge School of Law in cooperation with Salzburg University, Austria
  • Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA       Seminar:   Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Graduate studies in mediation and negotiation at University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE:

  • Experienced mediator in a wide variety of complex disputes involving employment (discrimination:  sex, race, age, national origin, disability, sexual harassment, wrongful termination), business torts and breach of contract, real estate contracts and leases, communications, consumer disputes, fee disputes, legal malpractice, personal injury, premises liability
  • Experience as Collaborative Attorney and Mediator for parties seeking  dissolution of marriage:  parenting plans, custody, support, division of assets and debts, attorney fees.  Also, mediation of adult-child disputes, premarital agreements.
  • Panel Mediator:  CLC Mediation Program; Maricopa County Justice Court Mediation Program; U.S. Postal Service, REDRESS Program; California Department of Insurance (1995-Present); California Court of Appeal, second appellate district (2002-2005); U.S. Bankruptcy Court (1995-2005); Los Angeles and Ventura Superior Court mediation programs (1999-2005). 
  • Arbitrator:  Attorney-Client Fee Disputes, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Ventura county bar associations.    
  • Judge Pro Tem:  small claims court disputes, Ventura Superior Court               

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Since 1994, in private practice as mediator in the areas of family, business and employment disputes and arbitrator of attorney-client fee disputes 
  • Trainer in mediation and negotiation skills at major universities and colleges
  • Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Stacy D. Phillips (now, Phillips, Lerner, Lauzon and Jamra), Century City, CA
  • Legal Assistant, Mosten and Wasserstrom (now, Mosten Mediation Training), Los Angeles, CA
  • Director, Consumer Complaints Division, Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing in Boston, MA



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