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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.


MAY 2021

Featured Articles 

Virtual v. In-Person Hearings in a COVID World and Beyond
by Joshua Javits
Prior to the pandemic, virtual hearings for labor-management arbitration and mediation were rarely used but since its start and acceleration, virtual platforms are now the dominant forums for arbitrations and mediations. Will the adoption of virtual interactions continue after the pandemic or will in-person approaches return?

Questions and Questioning within the Conversational Framework
by Milan Slama
Mediators mostly focus on differences between open-ended and pointed questions, Yet, there is much more to questioning and question-asking than that.

Top Ten Cognitive Biases and Distortions in Mediation
by Laura Athens
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed, 1969

Mediate is Top Ranked Mediation Website
by Colin Rule is ranked the top mediation website by Alexa in its April 14, 2021 global website rankings. In business since 1996, has over 25,000 searchable mediation articles, blog posts, news items and videos and hosts the most utilized mediator directory in the world.

Confidentiality and Protecting Client Data in an Online Environment
by Dakota Murphey
Protecting client confidentiality is critical, not only to protect your business’ reputation but also to adhere to strict legislation around safeguarding data.

Mediation in the News

California ‘Breslin’ Probate Decision Allows Trial Courts to Compel Trust Beneficiary Mediation
The California Breslin v. Breslin decision gives California probate courts newly expanded authority to compel beneficiaries—including charities—to mediate or potentially forfeit their interests in a disputed trust.

Notes From the Judge: Keys to a Successful Mediation
Almost eight years ago I authored an article titled “10 Tips for a Successful Mediation,” and here we are more than 1,000 mediations and arbitrations later. I thought now would be a good time to revisit that topic as these suggestions are shared against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the courts and current settlement practices.

Akron court piloting new online mediation program
The Akron Municipal Court has been selected to pilot an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) process. The court was among 17 courts statewide chosen by the Ohio Supreme Court to try out the program.

Philadelphia Tries Mediation to Prevent Evictions
The coronavirus pandemic has put pressures on tenants who lose work, and the landlords who lose rent income. This program tries to help both.

Ammon Bundy case heads to mediation
The ongoing Ammon Bundy case is headed to mediation. A judge on Friday scheduled Bundy to head to a mediation conference with Magistrate Judge Greg Kalbfleisch, who's out of northern Idaho on April 26.

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Featured Blog Posts

Mediation Confidentiality: Misconceptions, Pitfalls and Best Practices
by Temitope Akande

Sometimes the Answer is "No"
by Kathleen Kauth

Trust and Rapport- ODR Style!
by Phyllis Pollack

The Relevance of Mediation in the Modern Workplace
by Thomas Todd

One Year Later: Zoom Fatigue
by Phyllis Pollack


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