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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 

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Task Force - Introduction
by Jim Melamed and Forrest (Woody) Mosten’s Online Mediation Task Force here presents our Final Report and Recommendations, along with our Committee recommendations and resources, with humility, knowing that the ideas contained herein are intended to stimulate additional and continuing consideration, discussion and research.

Multi-Jurisdictional Issues in Online Mediation
by Melissa Kucinski
With an increase in remote mediation, many mediators are managing caseloads that have a multi-jurisdictional element (at times, unintentionally). This paper defines what issues may arise in a multi-jurisdictional mediation process.

Mediation in Russia
by Lara Traum
While a population that distrusts organized government and veers towards private handlings of delicate matters may seem perfectly primed to welcome mediation, Russian intelligencia only first brought mediation to the forefront with legislation in 2011.  

Who Should You Call When in Conflict?
by Janet Chance
Conflict Coaching, Conflict Consulting, Counseling or Mediation, what is the difference?

The Long Term Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children
by Natalie Maximets
Growing up is complicated enough on its own. Having parents' divorce can make it even harder. To avoid the psychological effects of divorce on children, parents should go through the process gracefully.

Mediation in the News

'Hear us out': Police, neighbors paint mediation mural in predominantly Black neighborhood
ArtWorks, a nonprofit that employs youth to create public art for their communities, is spearheading the project: the Avondale Police Mediation Mural.

Five Easy Ways to Fail at Mediation
Here are the top 5 ways to fail (in no particular order).

Bracketology: Using Conditional Offers To Settle Your Case
Lawyers tend to have strong opinions on brackets, pro and con. Some embrace the concept as a tool for communication, while others regard them as a distraction from “real numbers.” 

Trial Court Order Enforces Condominium Declaration’s Pre-Suit Mediation and Arbitration Provisions
The Order recognizes that courts will not hesitate to enforce written mandatory pre-suit requirements—even when such requirements may be located in a recorded condominium declaration.

Free mediation for wedding couples and vendors affected by Covid-19 restrictions
SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is rolling out mediation help to parties in wedding events affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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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

Fight, Flight, or Freeze ... Conflict Responses are Very Personal
by Kathleen Kauth

A Protocol for Online Mediation
Maria Jabbour

The Significance of Nonverbal Communication in Mediation and Arbitration
by Joan Kessler

The Creative, Collaborative Use of Neutral Experts in Environmental Mediations
by Lester Levy

For Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence, Shuttle and Videoconference Mediation Are Safe, Effective and Preferred
by Jennifer Shack


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