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Laura Snoke

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1801 Century Park East
Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
USA
(310) 556-9658
Fax: (310) 556-9659

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Mediator and attorney practicing in Southern California for over 30 years in the areas of homeowners association law, construction, professional malpractice, personal injury and other tort claims, contract and business disputes.

Professional Background

I began practicing law in 1981, and began mediating in approximately 2000.

Experience

I have mediated hundreds of litigated cases, concerning professional malpractice, construction disputes, real estate disputes, contract and other business disputes, and personal injury and other tort claims.

Degrees

B.A., History, California State University, Northridge, 1973
J.D. Loyola Law School, 1981
Mediation Training, Center for Dispute Resolution, 2005
Mediation Training, Center for Dispute Resolution, 2012
Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, The Absolute Mediator, 2005
American Bar Association, Advanced Mediation Skills Training, 2002

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2005    Center for Dispute Resolution    Mediation Training 30 hours
2012    Center for Dispute Resolution    Mediation Training 30 hours
2013    Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School    Mediating the Litigated Case 42 hours
2013    American Arbitration Association    Fundamentals in Arbitration 24 hours

Approach

I truly believe that conflict resolution, particularly through mediation, is the most efficacious method of resolving disputes. I utilize a combination of both evaluative and facilitative techniques, depending upon the nature of the case and the personalities involved, and attempt to utilize transformative mediation skills where appropriate. For example, I mediated a family dispute over the nonpayment of a loan. There were no significant legal issues involved in the dispute, but there were many years, and many layers, of family dynamics impacting resolution of the case. Ultimately, using facilitative techniques, I did assist the parties in settling their case, but I also referred them to family mediation because their dispute went beyond the issues in the lawsuit. As another example, a plaintiff who was a professional musician was bit on the hand by a cat. The attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defendant were not well versed in applicable legal principles. I assisted both sides toward an understanding of the legal issues involved in the case, and was ultimately successful in reaching a settlement, utilizing evaluative methods. I hope I used transformative mediation methods in obtaining conflict resolution in both cases.

Fees

Rate for litigated cases: $350.00 per hour
Rate for non-litigated cases: $250.00 per hour

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate

Professional Services

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  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
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