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"Ron Friedman offers effective help to settle disputes. You will find that he brings a very tenacious, thorough and detail oriented style of work to your mediation. You will also will find that he is an independent neutral without biases, who conducts every mediation with absolute impartiality. If you want to settle your case, I don't think there is anyone better!"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Testimonial by Paul Bershin, a respected attorney 


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by Paul Bershin, a trial attorney for 43 years:

"Ron Friedman offers effective help to settle disputes. You will find that he brings a very tenacious,
thorough and detail oriented style of work to your mediation. You also will find that he is an independent neutral without biases, who strives to conduct mediations with absolute impartiality. If  you want to settle your case, I don't think there is anyone better!"

Extensive Mediation Experience            

In selecting your Mediator, the first thing to consider is the mediator's experience. All our fancy law degrees and years of private practice are only the starting point for becoming a "mediator." Mediator school begins when you mediate that first case, and it really never ends. With every new case, there is a new beginning and something else to be learned. Case-by-case, mediators discover what works and they grow better. Good mediator's age with experience like fine wine ages with time. You should expect that the more experienced mediator will have developed the skills to do better at the difficult job of "Conflict Resolution."

As a full-time Professional Mediator, Ron Friedman has conducted more than 1500 Court and Private mediations working on dispute resolution, covering a wide variety of disputes and he is one of the most experienced mediators you will find. He served actively on the Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of mediators for 12 years and, learning by doing, he gained comprehensive know-how in a wide variety of case subject matters (
click here to see his areas of specialty). He already has worked successfully achieving dispute resolutions with thousands of lawyers and their clients for over 20 years as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator. He has helped to resolve countless Business, Contract, Real Estate, Insurance, Construction Defect, Employment, Software, Intellectual Property, Legal Malpractice, Entertainment and Family disputes, and to settle many complex and multiparty cases that no one expected would settle. He often hears attorneys remark after a successful mediation, "I never expected this case to settle today!" (Click here to read some testimonials .) Even after the parties reached impasse, he has been called on to provide mediator's proposals that settled over 100 cases. If the case does not settle at the mediation, it is a hallmark of his practice to follow up; and, he does not stop when other mediator's give up. He has often gained settlements in the days that follow an impassed mediation.

    What Results can You Expect?

Some lawsuits must be tried before a judge or jury. However, if both sides come to the mediation equipped with quality preparation, a willingness to look objectively and empathetically at the problem, and a genuine attitude of dispute resolution, Ron Friedman will be able to help you settle that case 95% of the time. He knows this because that has been his experience in over 20 years of ADR practice. He employs tested methods, forged in the fires of countless mediation sessions, that bring about consistently High Settlement Rates of conflicts.

When timing or other obstacles prevent settlements on the day of the mediation, you will find out what you need to know about your choices and how you can overcome issues. In most cases, you will also come away with critical new information about the causes and potential resolutions that can only be obtained from work with a skilled mediator. To work with a very experienced mediator who understands how to control the process, choose Ron Friedman Mediations in Los Angeles California. Those who have trusted their case to Ron Friedman Mediations, have obtained the results they sought at competitive rates!

    Twelve Things You Can Depend Upon!

  • Through Preparation, Including a Careful Study of Briefs and Review of Cited Authorities
  • A Fair, Unbiased and Impartial Proceeding in Which You Can Achieve Your Reasonable Objectives
  • Non-Confrontational Private Meetings with the Mediator
  • A Businesslike Mediation Process that Promotes Dialogue and Understanding
  • Illumination and Use of the Wealth of Knowledge and Wisdom of the Gathering
  • A Mediation in which You Will Discover Your BEST Choices and Receive Help Evaluating Them
  • Use of Proven Strategies and Tactics to Overcome Impasse and Achieve Settlements
  • Assistance to Draft Enforceable Settlement Agreements
  • Reconciliations that Preserve Important Business or Family Relations by Solving the Dispute
  • Careful Protection of Confidential Communications at All Times
  • Strict Compliance with ABA's "Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators" And All Local Ethical Rules

  • Bottom Line: Most Cases will Settle Within an Acceptable Range for a Reasonable Cost


   Style of Mediation:  Both Facilitative and Evaluative

     Ron Friedman will arrive at your mediation with preparation notes, and an excellent grasp of the facts (including an event timeline). He will review authorities cited in the briefs and try to get a grasp of the issues. At the beginning of the mediation, he uses facilative technicques to bring about a settlement; but, if that fails, with your permission, he will employ evaluative techniques to assist the process. You will be able to obtain Neutral Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of your claims, if you seek that help. In some family cases, he will employ transformative techniques where the preservation of relationships is a priority. For those seeking only facilitative help, he will not let his views intrude into the process.                           

         What Help Does Ron Friedman Provide During a Mediation Session?

Bringing in an experienced third party neutral to "mediate the dispute" changes the dynamics of the bargaining, exposes more possibilities, and can afford better opportunities for the parties to make the best choice. If you select Ron Friedman Mediations, you can expect that he will bring to the table invaluable knowledge about how others settled similar disputes and the patience needed to get the job done. During the session he will provide all of the following mediation services and assistance.

  • Listen, acknowledge and validate his understanding of your positions
  • Help both parties to communicate their message effectively
  • Foster a more empathetic understanding of interests and concerns
  • Identify and clarify the decisive issues
  • Present the full force of your side's position with clarity and accuracy
  • Obtain genuine engagement at the heart of the matter
  • Discuss (in caucus) strengths and weaknesses of liability and damages arguments
  • Explore the consequences of not settling [i.e., discuss the BATNA]
  • Find settlement options the parties did not recognize before
  • Stimulate the exchange of acceptable compromises 
  • De-escalate conflict and channel thinking to overcome obstacles
  • You will gain valuable insight into the settlement value of your case
  • If requested, he offers neutral evaluation, decision tree analysis and "mediator proposals"

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   Additional ADR and Legal Experience                                           Since 1993

Ron Friedman has conducted about 75 arbitrations of business disputes and he can provide Neutral Evaluation, where requested. He arbitrated contract, real estate, construction, entertainment and intellectual property disputes.  You can count on him to understand your issues, and he will be able to present the full force of your position to the other side with clarity and accuracy. His background as a Arbitrator on the panel of the American Arbitration Association, and on other Arbitration panals, assures that you can expect a high quality assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and Mr. Friedman will have credibility with the opposing side when he presents your position.

Additionally, as a practicing attorney in California since 1969, Ron Friedman has been a member of the bar for over 42 years. He has 17 years of valuable business experience negotiating and drafting thousands of business contracts and leases, supervising other lawyers, and managing a wide range of litigation when he was in charge of the Corporate Law Department at Capitol Records, Inc. He also was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice for five years. He brings all the lessons of years of experience to bear on every mediation he conducts.

Ron Friedman was educated at the University of California in Los Angeles and has received both a BA and a JD degree from UCLA. He studied Mediating the Litigated Case and other classes at Pepperdine University, which is the leading school in the country teaching mediation tecniques.


   Ron Friedman's Goals

To provide a fair, economical, expert and impartial process, connecting the parties to their inner wisdom, and bringing about reasonable outcomes that both sides find acceptable. Your satisfaction with the process is his top priority! His commitment to you is that he will treat your matter with the utmost care and attention and do everything possible to help you achieve your goals!

For a list of his areas of special concentration and some special mediation services he offers please click on this link. In addition, you'll find that his mediation services are offered at competitive prices that take into account all relevant factors. If requested, he will provide mediation rooms, conduct teleconference mediations, or travel to offices near him for mediation sessions, and he offers flexible scheduling to meet your needs.


   Community Service

After a successful career as an attorney, Ron Friedman was a member on the Los Angeles Superior Court panels of mediators and arbitrators for over 12 years, and he was trusted to handle more than 2300 assignments for the Court during that time.  He has chosen to contribute more than 6,000 hours of Professional Mediation Services to our community at no charge because he enjoys helping others and knowing that his work makes a difference in their lives. In cases of Financial Hardship, he offers additional discounts. Mr. Friedman is a true Professional dedicated to achieving all the promised benefits of mediation for the Parties.


   Awards and Honors

Mr. Friedman has received over 10 annual awards from the Los Angeles Superior Court recognizing his participation on their mediation panels, and in 2007, he was received the Los Angeles Superior Court award recognizing "Outstanding Contributions" to their ADR program.

   Past and Present Associations

American Bar Association | Dispute Resolution Committee | Beverly Hills Bar Association ADR |
Southern California Mediation Association | California Bar Association, Litigation Section


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