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Name: Mary M. Leichliter
  Greater Bay Area, CA 94010

Telephone:(415) 572-6473    
2nd Phone:(415) 864-9690    


Fees: $500 per hour  
Other Costs:  Fees: Daily rate of $5000; half-day rate of $2500, and hourly rates upon request. Fee arrangements based on need available upon request. Other Costs: Travel costs for mediations outside of the Bay Area.

BAR Number:0000000

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


I am a fifteen-year labor and employment law attorney, and maintain a private mediation practice focusing on employment and other work place disputes, business, guardianship, and divorce/custody/family disputes. I belong to several court mediation panels, including San Francisco, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Superior Court. I regularly mediate personal injury/premises liability claims for a large corporation, and have handled large, multi-party real estate disputes involving homeowners associations and home owners. I have trained mediators through the Northern California Center for Mediation, the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, and the University of California Hastings College of the Law. I am Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the national organization Mediators Beyond Borders. I particularly welcome the opportunity to mediate high-conflict, high-emotion cases.

Northern California Mediation Center (NCMC), Jessica Notini, Nancy Foster, 40 Hours
NCMC, Fundamentals of Family Law for Mediators, 8 hours
ADRNC/John Galtung, International Human Rights mediation, 3 hours
San Francisco Superior Court, Mediation Training, 16 hours
Mediators Beyond Borders, 2d Annual Congress
Meet regularly with a group of Bay Area mediators to discuss mediation best practices and developing theories and techniques



SubjectPersonal Injury:xEmployment:xBusiness:xReal Estate:x
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: 
 Other: Labor, Elder Abuse, Wage and Hour, Consumer Class Action


University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctorate, December 1992; University of Michigan, B.A. in English and Russian with Highest Honors, 1988.

In my experience, mediation is an opportunity for the people involved in the conflict to communicate their interests and problem-solve toward a resolution that meets their goals. I work to facilitate communication, mutual and engaged problem-solving, and a settlement that may offer both parties more satisfaction than a judgment. I use the mediation techniques that are most effective for each case, consistent with the goals of the parties. If the parties prefer evaluative feedback, I am comfortable providing that.



My particular expertise is in high-emotion cases, often involving work place disputes or families trying to resolve long-standing issues related to a particular dispute. Parties have complimented my ability to handle emotion effectively during the mediation process, leading to a meaningful resolution and sometimes even an improved relationship between the parties.

Mary M. Leichliter is a fifteen year labor and employment law attorney, who, in addition to handling individual employment matters, has collaborated with co-counsel on class action wage and hour and consumer cases. She has appeared as an advocate in every forum, from labor arbitrations and civil service hearings, to state and federal trials. Mary appeared as trial and appellate counsel on Betts v. United Airlines, Inc., 246 F. 3d 672 (2000), resulting in a jury verdict upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has represented a diverse range of clients, from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, throughout the state of California.
As a mediator, Mary has mediated over a hundred cases, including employment, family, business, guardianship, and real estate disputes. Mary regularly mediates personal injury and premises liability cases involving a major U.S. corporation. She has trained mediators with the Northern California Mediation Center, and the University of California Law Schools at Boalt and Hastings. Mary is a member of the Association of Dispute Resolution Northern California and Chair of the Northern California Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders. Recently, The Recorder published an article co-authored by Mary regarding mediating disputes where the parties have an on-going relationship, The Recorder, Litigation Insert,"Good Relations", May 27, 2008.
Mary welcomes the opportunity to work with people engaged in high-conflict, high-emotion cases. Drawing upon her substantial experience as a trial attorney and proven mediation technique, Mary is able to support the parties in problem-solving to create an effective resolution.

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