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Name: Bette B. Epstein
Address: Reed Smith LLP
  101 Second Street, Suite 1800
  San Francisco, CA 94105

Telephone:(415) 659-4901Fax:(415) 391-8269  
      

Email: bepstein@reedsmith.com

Fees: $500 per hour  
Other Costs:  None

BAR Number:0000000

Attorney: xNon-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator:         Retired Judge/Justice:  

Mediation
Experience:


 
I have mediated more than 60 trust, estate, conservatorship and guardianship matters.
Mediation
Training:


 
I have attended approximately 100 hours of formal mediation training sessions. In addition, I have both presented and attended CLE courses regarding mediation in trust and estate matters.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
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Settlement
Conference
Experience:


SubjectPersonal Injury: Employment: Business: Real Estate: 
Matter:Legal Malpractice: Public Agency: Probate:xConstruction: 
 Medical Malpractice: Environmental: Insurance: Securities: 
 Product Liability: Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice: 
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:  
 Accoutings:Conservatorships/Guardianships:Wills/Trusts:x
 Other:  

Other
Education:


 
Master's degree in Counseling; licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Mediation
Approach:


 
Primarily facilitative, however as the day progresses I typically become more evaluative.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
Neutral
Approach:


 
Other
Information:


 
For the past 19 years my law practice has focused on trust and estate litigation and contested conservatorhips and guardianships. For the last 7 years, my practice has also included mediation of those disputes. I am on the mediation panels of the San Franciso County Probate Court, Alameda County Probate Court and the Court of Appeal First District and have conducted more than 60 mediations. Prior to attending law school, I worked as a psychotherapist and believe that training and experience contributes greatly to my ability to address the emotional issues that frequently drive trust and estate litigation.
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