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Huerta Mediation provides mediation and arbitration services for the legal,  human resources, and business communities.  The firm's principal mediator, Lawrence A. Huerta, graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Economics in 1980, and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983.  He was admitted to the California Bar in 1983, and has since been admitted to all federal courts in California.   Mr. Huerta worked as a business and commercial litigator at major law firms in Southern California before forming his own business and civil litigation firm in San Diego.  The firm subsequently evolved to a full time mediation and arbitration practice.  

For the past twenty three years, Huerta Mediation has been empowering lawyers and their clients to achieve interest based, efficient resolutions of their employment, commercial, financial services, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property,  and tort cases.  This is achieved through a mediation process which provides parties with an opportunity to be heard and understood, identifies and define risks of litigation, and develops creative, interest based solutions for each case.



Featured Articles 

Innovative Ways to Use Mediation (other than Dispute Resolution)
by Jharna Jagtiani and Aanchal Gupta
Mediation is traditionally used as a means of dispute resolution where parties can come together, call a timeout and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Best 10 Books About Mediation Ever Written
by Frank Hamilton
The difference in opinions, beliefs, views, values, and desires, plus the need to establish supremacy of one over the others often causes conflicts to arise in different situations.

The Ten or Twelve Top Reasons (More or Less) for Not Mediating a Dispute - Revisited
by Colm Brannigan
At the beginning of a new year, it seems a good time to look back on some of the common excuses, sorry, reasons, for refusing to mediate that occasionally continue to circulate especially in litigated cases.

Mediating and Resolving COVID-19 Related Contract and Commercial Lease Disputes
by Frank Burke
The COVID-19 pandemic and a series of government shutdown orders have negatively impacted many contracts and commercial leases, either preventing or slowing performance and upending the expectations of contracting parties.

Five Principles to Maximize Chances of Success in Mediation
by Rachel Gupta
As a current mediator who has for years also been litigation counsel representing clients in mediation, I have noticed that there may sometimes be a disconnect between what mediators and litigators each expect from mediation and from each other.

The Vanishing Jury Trial and Other Important Lessons for Mediators
by Bruce Edwards
The article helps demonstrate the widespread acceptance of ADR, and mediation in particular, in the legal profession.

Mediation in the News

Showdown over return to classrooms in Philly to be resolved by mediator
Philadelphia’s teachers union says school buildings aren’t safe for occupancy, setting the stage for a showdown ahead of a scheduled return to classrooms for some staffers Monday.

Rebuilding communication after separation
Once parents have moved beyond the realms of court proceedings, it is important to consider how they can develop healthy channels of communication for the benefit of the child(ren) involved and to support healthy coparenting.

N.H. courts launch mediation pilot program for eviction cases
The New Hampshire Circuit Court will pilot a free, voluntary mediation program to resolve eviction disputes.

Don't Let Lies Infiltrate The Mediation Process
With the rise in mediation comes the increased risk that participants will engage in dishonest behavior to obtain a favorable resolution. The latitude to craft a narrative without meaningful checks on the truth creates opportunities for lies to infiltrate the mediation process

Annoy the Mediator at Your Own Risk: Negotiation Tactics and Missteps to Avoid
Rule number one in any mediation? Don’t tick off the mediator.

Why we need more women mediators
Nevertheless, there is also a deeper meaning to mediation. It is to reveal how conflict and peace share a similar human face: fear, anger, hope and social belonging.

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Lawrence Huerta


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San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-236-7944  Fax: 619-236-7986


Huerta Mediation Intoductory Video

Lawrence Huerta presents What Works Well in Mediation webinar to San Diego County Bar 

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Featured Blog Posts

Effective Virtual Mediation: 10 Lessons After 10 Months
by Robin Gise

Why are Lawyers Good Mediators?
by Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Is ADR the Cure for COVID-19-Related Litigation?
by Steven Bauer

Lawyers are from Mars, Clients are from Venus– and Mediators Can Help Communicate in Space
by John Lande

Shovel 2 - Saving Traditional Mediation
by Paul Rajkowski

How to AVOID Conflict Gracefully
by Ronald S. Kraybill


We may not know what we want, yet we are often ready to bite somebody to get it.

When a person does not know what harbor he or she is making for, no wind is the right wind.

To measure the person, measure their heart. 

I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles round my neck.

The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.

You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expedience.

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