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Dan Simon
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Simon Mediation

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310 4th Ave. S., Ste. 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Dan is a leader in the field of transformative mediation. He is the author of the chapter on divorce mediation in the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation's ("ISCT") TRANSFORMATIVE MEDIATION SOURCEBOOK. He is a Past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He served for 6 years on the Minnesota Supreme Court's ADR Ethics Board (which is responsible for upholding the ethical standards of ADR providers). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He has trained mediators throughout the country for the ISCT, the U.S. Postal Service, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law.

Dan helps with divorce, parenting, property division, spousal maintenance, child support, as well as employment, family business and estate conflicts. He is especially skilled at handling highly emotional situations. He is licensed to practice law and has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. He has also been designated by the ISCT as a "Certified Transformative Mediator". He holds the highest possible ratings from both Martindale Hubbell and

Professional Background

Besides creating and directing Simon Mediation, Dan has directed the Jewish Family and Childrens Service Divorce Mediation Program, and is a founding member of the Transformative Mediators of Minnesota. He holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Law Degree (J.D.), cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. Before he became a full-time mediator in 1998, Dan was a business litigation attorney and a family business consultant.


Dan has mediated over 2000 cases of all kinds since 1996. He is best know for transforming conflicts in cases of workplace complaints and lawsuits of all kinds. Dan is a leader in the field of transformative mediation, has written about it, and has conducted trainings in it nationwide for the US Postal Service, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law.


- J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1992.
-M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1998.
-B.A., with Honors, Humanities, University of California at Berkeley, 1989.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1996 - present    Robert A. Baruch Bush, Joseph P. Folger, many others.    hundreds
1996    Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight    Family and Divorce Mediation Training, 40
1998    Jim Coben and Katherine Nevins    Civil Mediation Training, 30
1999    Baruch Bush, Judy Saul, and Dorothy Della Noce    Transformative Mediation Training, 16
2006    Winne Backlund, Judy Saul    U.S. Postal Service Mediation Training, 20
2004-present    Dan Simon    Many trainings conducted in Twin Cities and elsewhere.


As a teacher and practitioner of transformative mediation, Dan supports parties in having constructive conversations.


Dan charges by the hour, and he charges only for the time spent in mediation sessions, so you pay as you go, one hour at a time. You'll know exactly what his services cost - you won't be surprised, as people often are by their lawyers' bills.

Other Information

Please see for client comments and links to Dan's youtube videos. Also see Dan's blog for the ISCT at .

Areas of Practice

  • ADA (10 mediated)
  • Adoption (50 mediated)
  • Adult Family (30 mediated)
  • Art (10 mediated)
  • Autism (10 mediated)
  • Automotive (10 mediated)
  • Aviation
  • Bioethics
  • Business (75 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (150 mediated)
  • Commercial (150 mediated)
  • Community (100 mediated)
  • Congregational (5 mediated)
  • Construction (10 mediated)
  • Contracts (100 mediated)
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural (80 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (700 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (500 mediated)
  • Education (20 mediated)
  • EEOC (100 mediated)
  • Elder (20 mediated)
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment (150 mediated)
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment (10 mediated)
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning (5 mediated)
  • Family (200 mediated)
  • Foreclosure (5 mediated)
  • Franchise (10 mediated)
  • General (700 mediated)
  • Government (150 mediated)
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance (100 mediated)
  • Intellectual Property (10 mediated)
  • International (10 mediated)
  • Labor - Management (300 mediated)
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant (10 mediated)
  • Legal Malpractice (10 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (100 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (300 mediated)
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice (10 mediated)
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing Home (20 mediated)
  • Organizational (75 mediated)
  • Parent-Teen (40 mediated)
  • Partnership (50 mediated)
  • Patent (5 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (10 mediated)
  • Pet Mediation (75 mediated)
  • Police
  • Postal Service (20 mediated)
  • Prenuptial (10 mediated)
  • Probate (20 mediated)
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate (25 mediated)
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment (20 mediated)
  • Social Security
  • Special Education (10 mediated)
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace (100 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Counselor
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Ombud
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Staff Developer


Betsy Sansby, MA, LMFT therapist, referrer Aimee Gourlay, JD co-trainer, mediation panel director, referrer The Honorable Susan Cochrane Family Court Referee Professor James Coben co-trainer, director of university mediation institute Professor Ken Fox co-trainer, Professor of Law and Mediaition, Hamline University School of Law Cynthia Campbell Waters County Family Mediation Program Manager Eric Kestin, JD Mediation Program Administrator, referrer Professor Katherine Nevins co-mediator, Professor of Psychology Rabbi Erin Polansky referrer Gary Gunderson, M.S., L.P. referrer

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