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
To assist parties interested in mediating disputes involving decedent’s estates, trusts, conservatorships and/or guardianships, the Probate Division maintains a list of Probate Mediators. The list 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.
See below for a complete list of available mediators. The list is also available in the Probate Business Office located here.
B. James Brierton
Judith M. Copeland
David G. Eisenstein
Steven H. Kruis
Thomas L. Marshall
Robert P. Mougin
Timothy G. Riley
For Probate Mediators
Mediators interested in having their profiles included on the list must 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 List or Probate Mediator Packet should be directed to