Category Archives: Dispute Resolution

Law Library Partners with BASF to Offer Free Mediation Seminars

In July, BASF’s Bay Area Mediation Service and the San Francisco Law Library presented the first in a series of free lunchtime legal presentations on mediation. More than 25 attorneys…

The Importance of Mindfulness in Mediation

By Gabriel Leif Bellman As the human brain evolves to include senses-engaging Apple Watch communication and avatar only mood emoticons, it is important for those of us who practice in…

Smart Dispute Resolution

Guy Kornblum, Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison Is there such a thing as “smart” dispute resolution? You betcha! And here is why. What is the goal in representing a client…

Estate Planning Tips For Lawyers and Their Clients

John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group The Rules of Arbitration are Not Arbitrary Some people choose to settle legal disputes using arbitration since it is much less expensive and more private…

Summit Features BASF Mediation Panelists and Executive Director

The Mediation Society hosted the first Bay Area Mediation Summit (BAMS) at Nixon Peabody in San Francisco on May 15. More than 20 organizations were invited to participate in an…

Elizabeth Tippin Speaks to San Francisco Legal Professionals Association

Thanks to BASF Mediation Services panelist Elizabeth Tippin, who recently presented an informative talk on mediation and arbitration to the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association at their monthly “Lunch and…

Attorney/Client Fee Disputes Program Welcomes Two New Executive Committee Members

Marguerite Malloy, Associate Counsel of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA), provides legal advice and assistance to the ACERA Board of Retirement and ACERA management staff. She also supervises…

Is It Time To Appoint a Discovery Referee?

Katherine Gallo Recently I received the following email: “Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running six months or longer, how does one do motions…

Mediation as a Mirror: Using the Process to Help Clients Find Clarity

Nicole Gesher, Gesher Mediation Sometimes, parties will seek mediation in search of clarity. The stated reason for scheduling a session may be very different from the desired result. In these…

What Movie is Playing in Your Mediation?

Gabriel Bellman, BASF Mediation Services Panelist Mediation works because, as the meme/trope goes: “We are not so different, you and I.” First: figure out what movie is playing inside the…