What is Mediation?
Mediation is a confidential, non-binding process in which a trained mediator acts as a neutral person who facilitates communication between disputants and assists parties in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution of all or part of their dispute. The mediator is not the decision-maker and does not resolve the dispute -- the parties do. A mediator is often able to more fully explore the parties' underlying interests, needs and priorities. Mediation is a flexible and less formal process that may reduce the time and costs often associated with a formal trial.
Mediation may be particularly effective when family members have a dispute or when emotions are getting in the way of resolution. An effective mediator can hear the parties and help them communicate with each other in a constructive manner. For more information, see the Probate Mediation FAQ's.
Probate Mediator List/Binders
To assist litigants and attorneys interested in mediating disputes involving estates, trusts, conservatorships and/or guardianships in the Probate Court, the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, maintains a Probate Mediator binder in each probate courtroom and Probate Business Office at the Madge Bradley courthouse in the Central Division, and at the Vista courthouse in the North Division. Each binder contains individual profiles of mediators who have elected to be included, which detail each mediator's education, specialization, probate and other relevant experience, mediation training and experience, fees and language capabilities.
*DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN EACH MEDIATOR PROFILE IS PROVIDED BY THE MEDIATOR. THE SAN DIEGO SUPERIOR COURT DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THE CONTENT OR ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, OR THE COMPETENCY OR QUALIFICATIONS OF THE MEDIATOR.
NOT ALL MEDIATORS ON THIS LIST MAY BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. PARTIES ARE FREE TO USE OTHER MEDIATORS OR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE NOT INCLUDED ON THIS LIST.
To view the entire Probate Mediator List and the individual Probate Mediator Profiles, click here. Or you can view a specific Mediator Profile by clicking on the mediator's name below.
Stephen A. Bond
B. James Brierton
Judith M. Copeland
Mary F. Gillick
Ralph E. Hughes
Michael D. Jenkins
Edward L. Kolker
Steven H. Kruis
Julie A. Lubitz
Thomas L. Marshall
Timothy G. Riley
Joseph L. Stine
For Probate Mediators
Mediators interested in having their profiles included in the binders should complete the Probate Mediator Packet (PKT-037), which includes a Probate Mediator Certification and Release of Liability form (PR-152A) whereby the mediator agrees to serve on a pro bono basis for at least one case per year, not to exceed eight hours upon request.
Questions regarding the Probate Mediator Binders or Probate Mediator Packet may be directed to