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.

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.

Melinda Levy

Attorney Mediator, Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®

Melinda is an Attorney and a Mediator-in-Residence at Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®. Melinda brings a wealth of experience to her new profession. She also has an engaging personality that helps clients know they will be fully supported as they navigate difficult transitions in mediation. Currently Melinda is acting as a scribe and a co-Mediator on select cases.


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.


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Call Finding Common Ground today:  530-756-2536.