|Address:||605 Market Street|
|San Francisco, CA 94105|
|Fees:||$400 per hour|
|Other Costs:||Fees: $400 per hour; 4 hour minimum.|
Other Costs: Conference call service charges, if applicable; transportation and hotel if long distance travel is necessary.
|Attorney: x||Non-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator: Retired Judge/Justice:|
|I am a full-time mediator and am on numerous court and community mediation panels, including the San Mateo Multi-Option ADR Project; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California Panel; the Panel of Court Mediators for the Alameda Court ADR Program; the San Francisco Superior Courtís list of court approved civil mediation providers; the Bar Association of San Franciscoís Mediation Services Panel and Early Settlement Program; the California Court of Appeal, First and Third Appellate District Panels; Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Panel; the San Mateo Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Panel; San Francisco Community Boards; and San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints Mediation Panel. I have successfully mediated a wide range of litigated and community disputes, including wrongful termination, intra-organizational disputes, personal injury, real estate, landlord/tenant, civil rights, business, disability rights, ADA access, discrimination, education, attorney-client fees, restraining orders, family disputes, elder issues, victim-offender, complaints against police officers and neighbor disputes.|
|Over 450 hours of mediation training, beginning in 1994. My mediation training began at Stanford University in 1994 with Gary Friedman, and continued with the Center for Mediation in Law; Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; California Court of Appeal; Association for Conflict Resolution; San Francisco Community Boards; Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center; and others. Please see my website at www.sklarmediation.com for details.|
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|Matter:||Legal Malpractice:||Public Agency:||Probate:||Construction:|
|Product Liability:||Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood:||x||Dental Malpractice:|
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|Other: Civil Rights; Discrimination; Juvenile; Mental Health; Criminal; Education.|
|J. D. university of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), May, 1978.
B. A. Psychology, Stanford University, 1975.
|My mediation style varies with the needs and interest of the parties and attorneys in each case. I conduct an initial phone conference to set up the mediation and discuss the needs of the case. I request written briefs 10 days before the date of the mediation, and I have additional individual phone conversations after reviewing the briefs in order to prepare for the mediation and further explore the best way to tailor the mediation to the needs of each case and the individual parties involved in the dispute. I have found that approaching the mediation with genuine interest and curiosity, and being ready and able to acknowledge and work with peopleís emotions during the mediation, helps people to successfully resolve their dispute. I begin the mediation with a primarily facilitative approach, and as the mediation progresses, I assist the parties and their counsel to evaluate their case and consider and weigh their options for resolution.
|I am conversant in Spanish and have conducted successful mediations in Spanish. I have traveled extensively and worked internationally and enjoy working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I have been an attorney since 1978 and have extensive courtroom and litigation experience in both criminal and civil cases through 6 years as a Deputy Public Defender in S.F., followed by 26 years of private practice. Resume available on request and at my website: www.sklarmediation.com.|
|With 32 years of litigation experience and over 450 hours of mediation training, I currently focus on the mediation of litigated cases and community disputes. In 2004, I changed my focus from litigation to mediation because I believe that mediation is a powerful and respectful way for people to resolve disputes; I have seen that providing people with the opportunity to voice their own views and understand the views of others involved in disputes provides a valuable, respectful and efficient way to resolve disputes. My strengths as a mediator include patience, respect, creativity, energy, persistence, strong people skills, excellent client rapport, and a strong belief in the value of the mediation process.