Professional Details

Bernie Behrend
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Behrend Mediation Services

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P.O. Box 90313
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412 - 337 - 9456


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Behrend Mediation Services seeks to provide mediator expertise that is cost-effective, ethical, and responsive to the participants. With over thirty-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 frequently presents on conflict theory and mediation and trains mediators in both basic and advanced skills.

Professional Background

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.


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


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


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2/1983    Haynes, Erikson, Stafford    Basic Divorce Mediation Training 40 hours
12/1996    Steve Abel    Domestic Violence Training for Mediators 4 hours
10/1998    U.S. Postal Service    Redress Training 18 hours
1/2001    Ann Begler, Dick Duncan    Applying Gestalt Theory to Mediation Practice 3 hours
8,10/2001    Greater Pittsburgh Women's Center and Shelter    Domestic Violence Training for Mediators 10 hours
3/2004    Phil Goldman, EEOC    Advanced Employment Mediation 4 hours
6/2004    Ellen DeBenedetti, Pgh Mediation Center    Transformative Mediation in High Conflict Custody Cases 8 hours
10/2006    Erica Fox   
4/2007    Jennifer Beers    Negotiation Skills for Mediators 8 hours
10,12/2008     Bernhard Behrend    Effective Mediator Interventions, Advanced Mediation Training 12 hours
6/2006    Nina Meierding    25 Ways to Balance Power 4 hours


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.


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

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adoption (2 mediated)
  • Adult Family
  • Business (3 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (3 mediated)
  • Commercial (2 mediated)
  • Congregational
  • Contracts (2 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (185 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (999 mediated)
  • EEOC (45 mediated)
  • Elder (2 mediated)
  • Employment (53 mediated)
  • Family (5 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (2 mediated)
  • Organizational (4 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (2 mediated)
  • Postal Service (170 mediated)
  • Real Estate (362 mediated)
  • Securities (1 mediated)
  • Workplace

Professional Services

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

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.