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Bernie Behrend

Behrend Mediation Services seeks to provide mediator expertise that is cost- effective, ethical, and responsive to the participants. With over twenty-five years of mediation experience, Bernie Behrend is one of the most experienced mediators in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to his private work with separating and divorcing couples, and with parties to real estate transactions, Mr. Behrend is on a number of mediation panels for state and federal courts, governmental and non-profit agencies. Complimenting his practice, Bernie is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University and the lead trainer for the Pittsburgh Mediation Group.

Mr. Behrend received his first mediation training in 1983. Since that time, he has been actively engaged in the profession. Although Bernie is licensed to practice law, his professioinal practice is focused entirely on mediation. In addition to continuing his own education and training, he trains mediators in advanced mediation techniques, and continues to be a popular speaker on conflict resolution and mediation.

Prior to 1999, when Bernie’s mediation practice became full time, he had a variety of work related experiences. He was an employee and labor relations specialist for the Pittsburgh Mercy Health, an internal affairs investigator for the City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department, and an employment discrimination investigator with the City of Pittsburgh Commission of Human Relations.

ADR Experience

Bernie Behrend has conducted over a thousand mediations in the areas of family, employment, real estate and personal injury areas.


Bernie is trained in all models of mediation. The goal for participants in mediation is to make decisions about how to move forward that are satisfying and remain satisfying in the future. This is accomplished by gaining clarity about one’s situation, goals and options.


University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, 1978
Vassar College, BA, 1975

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Fees are reasonable: by the hour or by the case.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • MBB - Mediators Beyond Borders