Gregg Relyea

Gregg Relyea

Gregg Relyea, Esq. is a full-time private mediator in San Diego, California.  In addition to teaching mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Mr. Relyea has written a comprehensive negotiation and mediation practice guide, Negotiation, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution--Core Skills and Practices" (Resolution Press, 2020).  Also, he has co-authored with Joshua Weiss three children's illustrated storybooks that teach young children, ages 3 - 12-years-old, the basic skills of conflict resolution:  Trouble at the Watering Hole (endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes," among others), Bullied No More!, and a book about social media conflict, "Phony Friends, Besties Again." 




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Articles and Video:

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: Antarctica (08/05/20)
In this time of plague, there is a renewed sense of the value of connection and cooperation.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: Europe (07/02/20)
This article examines how the 7 continents are dealing with conflict during COVID. This one examines the view from Europe.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: Australia (06/25/20)
This article series includes viewpoints on the current state of conflict resolution from all 7 continents. This article focuses on North America.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: North America (06/22/20)
This article series includes viewpoints on the current state of conflict resolution from all 7 continents. This article focuses on North America.

Getting Started in Mediation (05/24/20)
Mediation is a young, exciting, and expanding field of practice.

Comparing Mediation And Lok Adalat: Toward An Integrated Approach To Dispute Resolution In India (09/20/19)
To resolve litigated disputes, Indian courts are using a variety of modern methods, including mediation, and traditional methods, including Lok Adalat, on a broad scale. Lok Adalat (the "people's court") is derived from the ancient panchayat system of justice, where panchas, village elders, helped people resolve their disputes.

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes (08/05/19)
Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally--And In Workplace Investigations (05/17/19)
Imagine this: As you are conducting an internal investigation of an employee complaint, you get the distinct impression that your conversation with the employee is not going well.

Core Negotiation Skills: Tools for Resolving Complex Political Disputes and Other Seemingly Intractable Disputes (03/21/19)
The attempted negotiation concerning the government shutdown and border security is viewed by many as a tragedy of historic proportion, serving up examples of hubris, ignorance of established negotiation practices, and brinksmanship.

Social Media-tion: A Bridge for Young Mediators to Enter--and Re-Define--The Profession? (04/05/18)
For years, a gap has existed between mediation training of young students and entry into the field as professional mediators.

Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" - Book Review (09/08/17)
This article includes reviews by Dan Shapiro, Director, Harvard Law School, International Negotiation Program, and other notables, including Bill Ury and the Dalai Lama, of the children's book Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" by Gregg Relyea and Joshua Weiss.

Paradox in Mediation: The Wall of Pin Stripes And the Power of Self-Determination (06/02/17)
This case of the "wall of pin stripes" provides an example of the paradox of mediation.

Mediating in the Shadow of Faith: Personal Beliefs, The BATNA Analysis, and Dealmaking (04/21/17)
This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.

Managing Negative Personal Mannerisms in Negotiation and Mediation (06/10/16)
Carefully managing negative personal mannerisms can result in a more confident and competent negotiator who is aware of their own and others' negative personal mannerisms and who makes deliberate and conscious decisions about managing them.

From Gladiator To Mediator: The Challenges For Lawyers Who Become Mediators (01/19/16)
This article examines the challenges experienced by lawyers who are training to become mediators. Many of these challenges stem from deeply ingrained perspectives associated with legal training and experience.

ADR: A Day in the Real Life of a Practicing Civil Lawyer (05/24/14)
This article dramatizes the central role played by ADR in the everyday life of a civil law practitioner. The article is set in the context of a "day-in-the-life" of a hypothetical civil litigator. The purpose of the article is to focus on the pervasive and critical role played by ADR in civil law practice.

Cognitive Barriers To Success In Mediation: Irrational Attachments To Positions And Other Errors Of Perception That Impact Settlement Decisions (01/17/11)
When preparing for mediation, most parties establish benchmarks for settlement in advance of the process. In disputes primarily about money, after assessing the likely risks and costs of litigation, most parties identify settlement ranges and some establish tentative “bottom lines.” Often these assessments are unconsciously influenced by limitations in our five senses and the way information is processed, collectively called “cognitive barriers.”