Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.Premium Member

Dana L. Curtis

Since 1991, Dana Curtis has devoted her career as a lawyer to helping  parties resolve their disputes efficiently, effectively and  respectfully in mediation. She believes the quality of resolution reached in mediation, and of the mediation process, is as important to the parties as the fact of resolution. Dana’s experience includes:


  • Full time mediator since 1991, including four years as Circuit Mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wide-ranging subject matter expertise and experience helping parties to resolve thousands of conflicts
  • Exceptional skill with difficult people and highly emotional situations
  • Extensive  experience in mediation of a broad range of disputes, including  business/commercial, employment, partnership, elder (adult family  decisions and elder abuse, trusts, estates and probate) and personal  injury
  • Recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top-50 Neutral in California
  • Affordable

ADR Experience

Ms. Curtis is also a respected mediation teacher. She has facilitated hundreds of programs for law schools, businesses, court panels, private groups, bar associations and professional conferences throughout the United States and internationally. Ms. Curtis designed and co-taught the first appellate mediation trainings for California Courts of Appeal, in the First, Second and Third Appellate Districts and for appellate courts in Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and Washington, DC.<p>
Ms. Curtis’ teaching and mediation practice is informed by her strong academic experience, including as lecturer at Stanford Law School, where she taught Mediation and Negotiation Seminars for 10 years; as adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she taught mediation between 1998 and 1997. In 2017, she returned to Santa Clara to direct the Conflict Resolution Program and teach mediation.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • HOA
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor - Management
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Trainer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

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