Professional Details

Nicole Gesher
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 294-0215
Fax: (415) 963-3476


Description of Practice

Nicole Gesher has a lifelong interest in conflict resolution, and is an attorney with experience in both the non-profit and corporate world. Gesher employs a generally facilitative mediation style, allowing the parties to drive the process. However, she is skilled at highlighting potential legal strengths for parties and may occasionally use evaluative skills if the mediation requires it. Clients have cited her as an insightful, fair, and impartial mediator who had a unique ability to really listen to their issues and make them feel comfortable throughout the mediation process. Gesher has mediated many cases that concluded with a successful settlement agreement. She is available for cases that have already been filed, as well as for those that have not yet reached the litigation stage. Gesher's areas of experience include family law, landlord/tenant disputes, intellectual property disagreements, and corporate/business disputes, business partnerships cases, and non-profit conflicts.

Professional Background

Nicole Gesher was raised in San Diego, CA, the daughter of South African immigrants. She attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she graduated with High Honors in English and History. Ms. Gesher also studied abroad at Oxford University in 2002. She lived and worked abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay for one year before attending UC Hastings College of the Law, where she participated in the Mediation Clinic. There, she studied advanced mediation theory and conducted mediations in Small Claims Court in San Francisco. Gesher is a California licensed attorney in good standing with the State Bar of California. In addition to being a Bar Association of San Francisco approved mediator, she is also a Community Boards certified mediator, where she volunteers regularly.


Areas of Experience: Business, Civil Rights, Commercial, Contracts, Family Law, Fee Disputes, Financial, Intellectual Property, Landlord/Tenant, Partnership Dissolution, Women's Issues. Ms. Gesher has a very high settlement rate.


BA with High Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor JD from UC Hastings College of the Law


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1/07-5/07    UC Hastings    Mediation Clinic 100 hours
9/08    Community Boards    Basics of Mediation 40 hours
2/10    Community Boards    Navigating the Minefields of Family Law Mediations 2 hours
5/10    NCRC    Family Law for Mediators
9/10    Community Boards    Psychological Aspects of Conflict Resolution


Ms. Gesher's practice focuses mainly on facilitative mediation. This means that unless specifically requested, she will refrain from offering her legal opinion on the matter at hand. Instead, she will facilitate a conversation between the two parties, serving as a third-party neutral mediator. In practice, Ms. Gesher believes this to be a highly effective method of dispute resolution, because the parties themselves drive the process. This is important because after the mediation, it is the parties who have consented to abide by the agreement. Your active role in the resolution of the dispute helps to ensure that the solution will be a lasting one.


Litigation can be extremely expensive. Mediation saves time and very often minimizes the expense involved in resolving a dispute. Ms. Gesher charges an hourly rate of $300.

Other Information

Ms. Gesher writes a blog based on her practice, which can be found at Please also visit her website, , for more information.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (50 mediated)
  • Business (15 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (10 mediated)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues) (50 mediated)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation (50 mediated)
  • Partnership (10 mediated)
  • Professional Fees
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Counselor
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.