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 Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice.Premium Member

Stefanie Beninato

Need to get a dispute resolved fairly and efficiently and without the type of adversarial confrontation found at Court? Try arbitration.
Stefanie has had six years of arbitration experience and is licensed attorney. Even in cases where one party could go to court if he/she did not like the outcome, there has been only one such case that went to court. Fairness, impartiality, ability to understand the law, good listening skills and giving people a chance to be heard help achieve these outcomes.


I have a law degree and a doctorate in history. Although I am licensed in the state of NM, I practice only alternative dispute resolution methods and collaborative law. I have had over 400 hours of training of all sorts regarding substantive, ethical and methodological approaches/practices. My background allows me to understand that if people can’t communicate, there will be strife, and I know that facilitation of all kinds is more humane and humanistic than the traditional legal process.

ADR Experience

Over 550 mediation cases, dozens of faciliations and arbitrations.
Experienced communication/managment and mediation coach and trainer; meeting mangement; personal communication and conflict coach.
Mediations cases include workplace/EEOC; divorce/family; business and construction contracts; landlord-tenant; neigbors; community/boundaries/land and water. Faciliation includes environmental issues (sustainability, land and water issues), education and healthcare issues. Arbitrarion: consumer issues.

Approach

Solution oriented; creative; collaborative where possible; start from what is working; employ good listening skills and reflect back adequately so parties know they are being heard. Don’t ignore emotions–recognize and explore them (latter when appropriate) rather than see them as barriers or obstacles.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBTQ
  • Native American
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Staff Developer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Sliding scale for divorce and family See www.nmmediate for more info;
Business/community $100/hr or $40/hr/party when more than 2 parties
Government and nonprofit $60-75/hr

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

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