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In addition to being a skilled litigator, I am also a successful mediator. Mediation is a method used to resolve family law matters without the necessity of adversarial litigation. Mediating cases offers several advantages; it is generally faster and less expensive, it often leads to better outcomes as both parties have ownership of any agreement, and will generally minimize acrimony between the parties.

Mediation can be conducted with just the individuals present or the parties may choose to bring counsel. There are advantages and disadvantages to either procedure. In any event, the best practice is that each party should have a consulting attorney if formal representation is not needed or desired.

One of my key strengths is tailoring the mediation process specifically to the parties. I follow a facilitative mediation approach, and work to ensure that both parties reach an agreement after having received complete information concerning the issues in dispute. My approach is to give the parties the tools they need to arrive at their own agreement which is not necessarily the result a court would or could impose.

My formal mediation training as well as my extensive experience as an AV rated family law attorney helps this process immeasurably as he has litigated or settled most of the issues that the parties may be facing. Once an agreement has been reached, I can then submit the documents necessary to obtain an enforceable judgment.

To learn more about mediation or to schedule an appointment, call 510-291-4884 or contact me.

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I first met Mr. Gardner when I desperately needed help with an out-of-control divorce and custody situation. He was very attentive, thoroughly responsive, and absolutely compassionate as he helped me regain mental focus and legal control. Few attorneys practice their craft with the level of transparency and trust Mr. Gardner's clients enjoy as a matter of routine. As a senior management professional in a large Bay Area organization, I truly appreciate Mr. Gardner's no-nonsense, trustworthy, experienced approach solving legal problems.

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