An attorney mediator mediates with an understanding of the law and can provide the parties with information on how the current status of the law applies to their situation. The mediator helps the parties fashion their own agreement. This agreement may follow the law or be a creative alternative which meets the parties underlying interests.
The attorney mediator is neutral and does not represent or advocate for the interests of either party. The mediator makes sure all of the issues are addressed, especially the needs of the children. The mediator also ensures that both Parties are mediating in good faith and that there is a balanced exchange between the Parties. Mediated agreements are legally enforceable in a court of law, just as agreements reached through litigation are.
Training and Experience
All of our Attorney Mediators have extensive training and experience. In California, there is currently no licensing or regulation of mediators. When you look for a Mediator, it is important to make sure that your mediator has enough training and experience to mediate your particular case.
Attorney Mediators at Finding Common Ground
Gillian A. Brady
Attorney Mediator & Founder, Better Solutions Mediation, Owner, Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®
Gillian Brady is an Attorney Mediator with over 600 hours of mediation training. She has been a licensed Attorney since 1999 and a Mediator since 2004. She founded Better Solutions Mediation in 2004 to provide an alternative to the high cost and stress of going to court. In 2016 she acquired Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services® from her mentor and co-mediator, Sharyn Kaplan. When she was a litigator, Gillian saw how families going through a divorce could be devastated by the court system, which makes parents adversaries and puts children in the middle. Her goal as a mediator is to help parents navigate the divorce process peacefully, with a focus on the future. She has helped hundreds of clients to find “win-win” agreements that will last. Gillian has successfully mediated hundreds of cases and is an advanced mediator able to handle complex and high conflict cases.
Attorney Mediator, Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®
Melinda brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to her role as an Attorney Mediator with Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®.
After litigating with the Weintraub Tobin Law Firm, Melinda spent the next 15 years as in-house counsel for The Niello Company, often mediating employment matters.
Melinda decided to join Finding Common Ground because she experienced the superiority of our structured mediation process when she mediated her own divorce. She knows first-hand what it feels like to stand in our clients’ shoes. She believes in the Finding Common Ground mediation process so much that she refocused her entire career to mediate divorces and family law matters.
Co-parenting matters are of particular interest to Melinda because she has two boys and is a co-parent.
Melinda can often work with our clients who need to schedule time in the evenings and on weekends.
In addition to over 16 months of intensive Finding Common Ground training, Melinda has completed mediation training with Stephen Rosenberg and with Woody Mosten and Susan Guthrie.
Melinda is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and participates on its training verification committee. She holds professional certifications in Human Resources Management (SHRM and HRCI) and Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
In some cases, your attorney mediator will choose to have a co-mediator at the mediation table because it will provide a better and often more successful mediation process for the clients. Often, this co-mediator will be another attorney mediator. When two attorney mediators are part of your mediation process, you receive the benefit of two mediators helping you negotiate and reach agreements. Generally, there is no additional cost to you when a co-mediator joins you at the mediation table, so you will have two attorney mediators at the table for one hourly rate.
Other co-mediators who might join the mediation as needed are Certified Divorce Financial Analysts or Mental Health Professionals. The clients work with their mediators to decide if and when these professionals would be helpful in mediation.