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George M. Payne
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

George Michael Payne

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2703 Seventh St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 883-3480


Description of Practice

I serve San Francisco bay are residents, small businesses, nonprofit organizations with personal, professional, and business disputes in civil disputes, family law/ divorce disputes, and was on the Los Angeles County Superior Court panel of mediators for two years covering a wide array of cases from copyright infringement, construction defect, constructive eviction, racial discrimination, fraud, and many other diverse areas.

I have an AATP certificate in corporate law from UCLA, extension plus additional auditing of Family Law and Community Property at UCLA School of Law. I have mediation training from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office given by the Federal Conciliation Service; advanced dissolution of marriage training from Mosten Mediation Training. My masters degree has an organizational development emphasis (change management), and my PhD work at Saybrook Research Institute in Organizational Systems gave me both facilitative and executive coaching skills. All of this education comes to bare at the mediation table.

Most advanced mediators eventually develop a particular style, and the root of my style comes from my undergraduate training of a Buckminster Fuller problem-solving model. It is a workhorse that has been proven by hundreds of hours at the mediation table. Often I facilitate forgiveness as part of my process which seems to shift big wants to realistic needs.

I believe that mediation not only avoids the financial devastation of adversarial litigation, but it can also repair relationships. $100/hr per side plus space fee.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Adult Family
  • Appellate
  • Art
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jewelry
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Marital Mediation
  • Non Profits
  • Nursing Home
  • Oil and Gas
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Victim - Offender

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Strategic Planning
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Counselor
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

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