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Name: Thomas W. Latham
Address: 1 Post Street, Suite 600
  San Francisco, CA 94104-415

Telephone:(415) 421-0288Fax:(415) 421-0464  
      

Email: tlatham@elc-law.com

Fees: $400 per hour  
Other Costs:  None

BAR Number:0000000

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

Mediation
Experience:


 
I have served as a mediator for about 45 probate and trust disputes. My practice of law is concentrated in probate and trust litigation, adminstration, and mediation.
Mediation
Training:


 
Steven Rosenberg mediation training sponsored by San Francisco Probate Department, 1998; Richard Birke and Dana Curtis appellate mediation training sponsored by Frist District Court of appeal, 2000; Steven Rosenberg advanced mediation training sponsored by First District Court of Appeal, 2003.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
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:


 
BS, California Institute of Technology, 1964; MS, Massachusetts Insitute of Techonology, 1966; MPA, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 1968;JD, Goergetown University, 1973.
Mediation
Approach:


 
I tend to start as a facilitator, looking for opportunities to think outside the box and develop alternative settlement structures. I sometimes shift to an evaluative style, particularty if the parties request that kind of feedback.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
Neutral
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Other
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I have been in law practice since 1973. During much of that time my focus has been probate and trust disputes.
These disputes are often driven by dysfunctional family relationships and strong emotions. As a mediatior, I pay a lot of attention to using emotional factors to facilitate a mediated settlement and to preventing emotional factors from blocking reasoned evaluation and negotiation.
Probate and trust disputes often provide an opportunity for creative settlement structures, sometimes based on tax efficiency, sometimes based on a desire for restructured future relationships among the parties, sometimes based on non pro-rata distributions of real property or on restructured ownership and control of family businesses. One of my goals in mediaiton is to facilitate consideration ot these opportunities to pave the way for settlement.
By bringing patience and bouyancy to the mediation process, I help parties stay on task rather than give up.

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