Law & Mediation

Navigating Conflict
Since 1981

Mediation, Litigation & Civil Rights Work

Conflict Becomes Opportunity

Through my work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission where I learned about the power of ubuntu, and nearly four decades of trial and civil rights work, I understand the the struggles facing those who have endured injustice or been the target of retaliation. Choosing to litigate or hire a lawyer is a major life decision and it is important to see that each step does not tear you down further, but enhances your health and wellbeing and that of society as a whole.

It is essential that you be understood, heard and that the conflict resolution process, be it litigation and mediation, reflect the higher ground – always modeling for the other party how you would have wanted to be treated. 

Through teaching dozens of continuing legal education programs I’ve developed a “Legal Wellness” approach to law that demonstrates how conflict can become an opportunity for transformation and growth.  Contact me if you would like a comprehensive evaluation or need representation in your dispute. 

Mediation Services

A successful mediator is one that finds common ground even when solutions seem totally unattainable.

As a mediator of disputes, I bring my skills in active listening, collaborative law, and peacebuilding to litigants who seek to resolve their conflict and find closure.

Legal Representation 

Constitutional Violations

Free Speech Rights
Due Process  &  Civil Rights

Employment Discrimination

Whistleblower Protections
Wrongful Discharge
Breach of Contract
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Corporate violations

Fraud
Rackateering
35+ Years of Experience

Litigation

Holding corporations AnD Institutions Accountable
Over the past thirty years I have engaged in complex litigation in many cases against major multi-billion dollar corporations, universities and governmental entities at all levels. The objective of the litigation is to help you heal from the trauma of the injustiuce suffered, but also to  effectuate societal change, educate and see that others are not harmed in the future.
My Role as a Laywer
The role of a lawyer is to counsel the individual regarding his or her relationship to the larger community, and be both a guide and non-violent advocate for his clients’ needs.  But any representation should be respectful and compassionate toward everyone involved in the conflict or legal proceeding as a lawyer should model the way the client had wished they had been treated.
What a Lawsuit Should Do
A lawsuit should affirm human dignity and heal conflict, not be a battleground for inflicting further wounds, and help the client restore his or her balance and well-being.

My Philosophy

I have learned that even within struggle we can maintain the higher road. We are becoming increasingly aware, that the survival of humanity depends on our ability to fully understand ourselves and our relationship with one another. This requires developing a healthy approach to both the peace and conflict within ourselves, our families, work, communities, and the world.

 A dispute need not promote the destructive and antiquated notions of  ‘us vs them’ or ‘good vs evil.’  instead it can provide an opportunity for transformation and growth. We all play a part in healing our planet and it begins with being “the change we want to see” in all our relationships – especially the most challenging ones.

“You never really understand a person until you consider something from his point of view…til’ you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.” 
           Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

Legal Wellness

Legal Wellness teaches us was that while the competitive win/lose model of lawyering was intrinsic to our culture, it had become obsolete. 

Legal Education

I’ve become an advocate for a revamped legal education wherein we would teach an array of courses reflective of legal wellness principles.

Non-Violent Advocacy

Non-Violent advocacy is about relationship and sensitivity, two terms not normally associated with a legal fight.

“Non violent resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding…to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponents; as the aftermath of non-violence is reconciliation…while the aftermath of violence is bitterness.”  

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.