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.Featured Member

Diane Goodman JD PhD

I will help you and your spouse resolve your dissolution out of court. By doing so, you and your spouse maintain full control of the process rather than turning decision making over to a Judge who may not fully understand your needs. I act as a mediator for those who chose to create negotiated agreements. For those who want or need an attorney to represent you but are committed to resolving your disputes without going to court, I offer collaborative law services. As a practicing attorney for over 30 years with a PhD in Depth Psychology, I am convinced that mediation is the most effective method for families to solve their disagreements without costing them their life savings.

I am an attorney/mediator. I have been a licensed attorney for 30 years. For many years, I have helped couples in mediation successfully create parenting plans and divide their assets.
I have special expertise in working with gay, lesbian and transgender clients and on assisted reproduction issues. I am the Past President of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers.

ADR Experience

I have been mediating for over fifteen years. Prior to moving my practice into mediation, I was a litigator for over 20 years, including representing a client before the California Supreme Court. I realized that litigation is not usually the best way to resolve disputes. I have taken hundreds of hours of classes in dispute resolution and psychology to better be able to serve my clients’ needs.


I allow my clients needs to determine my approach to mediation. This is your divorce and you control the process. I can be facilitative, evaluative, or transformative depending upon your individual needs. What I do know is that you and your spouse know your situation better than I ever will and therefore my goal is to help you determine your needs.


J.D. from University of La Verne College of Law 1984
MA and PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute- 2018

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Partnership

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts

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